Godfather of Go-go Chuck Brown dead at 75 following battle with pneumonia


By Aislin Taylor

PUBLISHED: 19:36 EST, 16 May 2012 UPDATED: 01:43 EST, 17 May 2012


Go-go music pioneer Chuck Brown has died after being hospitalised for almost a month with pneumonia. 

The funk singer was 75. 

Brown took his last breath today at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 

 
Legend: 'Godfather of Go-go' Chuck Brown has passed away from pneumonia, aged 75

Legend: ‘Godfather of Go-go’ Chuck Brown has died from pneumonia, aged 75

 

 

 

Hospital spokesperson Gary Stephenson confirmed the sad news this afternoon. 

He had been in hospital care since April 18 with a pneumonia. 

 

The legend cancelled several performances in the weeks leading up to his death, as he was still a constant fixture on the club circuit. 

 

Brown’s hit Bustin’ Loose – with his group, the Soul Searchers – helped define Go-go’s sound. It spent several weeks atop the R&B chart in 1979.

 

 

 

In sickness: The funk singer was hospitalised for almost a month with pneumonia

In sickness: The funk singer was hospitalised for almost a month since April 18

 

The term ‘Go-go’ is a sub-genre of funk, developing from the mid-Sixties to late-Seventies.

 

Rapper Nelly later sampled the song in his monster 2002 track Hot In Here – which won him a Grammy.  

 

Eve also sampled his Blow Your Whistle in her 2007 single Tambourine.

 

 

 

The end of an era: Brown's 1979 hit Bustin' Loose - with his group, the Soul Searchers - helped define go-go's sound

The end of an era: Brown’s 1979 hit Bustin’ Loose – with his group, the Soul Searchers – helped define go-go’s sound

 

 

 

Brown is said to have admired the new crop of artists who sampled his songs. 

 

Spike Lee, a longtime fan who used Go-go for the movie School Daze spoke out about Brown’s death. 

 

He said: ‘Chuck Brown will always be Bustin’ Loose – the Godfather of Go-go.’

 


 

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