'Go-Go' pioneer Chuck Brown dies
Chuck Brown arrives at the Grammy Awards in February 2011.
May 16th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

'Go-Go' pioneer Chuck Brown dies

Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," a genre blending funk, jazz and soul and other musical forms, died Wednesday, his manager said.

Brown, 75, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, manager Tom Goldfogle said. The performer, whose career spanned four decades, died of multi-organ failure from sepsis.

"Go-Go" originated in Washington, D.C., in the 1970s.

Brown, with the Soul Searchers, had a big hit with "Bustin' Loose." The guitarist and singer became a familiar figure on stage with his brim hat and sunglasses.

According to CNN affiliate WJLA, Brown had recently postponed numerous shows due to failing health.

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  1. Peter

    What the hell does that have to do with THIS story?

    Do you rant and rave about the Martin story to your parking lot attendant, the guy at the deli counter, the mailman, your dog, etc?


    May 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fdasjklfdk

    He *is* off-topic jj.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nadine

    R.I.P. Mr. Brown. An Innovator and the best to ever do it!!

    May 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laurence...

    So long, Chuck...its been a blast, brutha. Being a DC native, I remember the emergence of go go, long before it really had a name. And where I lived @ 1st and Rhode Island Ave., there was a recreation center across the alley from my house, and my Aunt and me, would open the windows in the back of the house, and the music was so loud, it was like we were right there at your concert. I remember seeing Reds & the Boys, EU and you, in concert so many times, I cant even remember.

    So, here's to you and yours...I wish you well on the "other side" and thank you for being a major part of my life, when I was a young buck coming up, in Northeast, DC. Peace.

    May 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gerard

    RIP Chuck Brown. God Bless and thanks for the memorable songs.

    May 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Its a big miss,,, he will be missed by many and his music will live on he has earned his wings

    May 17, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Good to Go Chuck Brown. U got that GO GO Swing! NORTHWEST DA BEST! Petworth Speakin!

    May 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |