Chuck Brown : Featured Artist

  • Chuck Brown : Featured Artist


    Chuck Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was a guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "the Godfather of Go-go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.


    1 Overview
    2 Personal life
    3 Death
    4 Legacy
    5 Discography
    6 Website
    7 Video


    Brown's musical career began in the 1960s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965. At the time of his death he was still performing music and was well known in the Washington, DC area. Brown's early hits include "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose". "Bustin' Loose" has been adopted by the Washington Nationals baseball team as its home run celebration song, and was interpolated by Nelly for his 2002 number one hit "Hot in Herre." Brown also recorded go-go covers of early jazz and blues songs, such as "Go-Go Swing" Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If Ain't Got That Swing", "Moody's Mood for Love", Johnny Mercer's "Midnight Sun", Louis Jordan's "Run Joe", and T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday".

    He influenced other go-go bands such as Big G and The Backyard Band, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited (EU), Little Benny and the Masters, and Trouble Funk.

    The song "Ashley's Roachclip" from the Soul Searchers' 1974 album Salt of the Earth contains a famous drum break, sampled countless times in various other tracks.

    In the mid-1990s, he performed the theme music of Fox's sitcom The Sinbad Show which later aired on The Family Channel and Disney Channel.

    Brown played a blonde Gibson ES-335.

    Personal life

    Brown resided in Brandywine, Maryland. He had daughters Cherita Whiting, KayKay and two sons, Wiley and Nekos Brown. Wiley is a musician and football player at Virginia Tech. His son, Nekos, was a defensive end/linebacker for the Virginia Tech football team. While his son was in college, Brown scheduled concerts and other appearances around the Hokies home schedule to ensure that he would never miss a game, and became a fixture at Lane Stadium. Following the Virginia Tech massacre, Brown stated in an interview that he was "absolutely devastated" by the tragedy, and cried every day for two weeks. In shows that followed, Brown would pause for a moment in prayer for the victims and their families before beginning his performance, and dedicated several shows to their memory.


    Chuck Brown died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital of multiple organ failure including heart failure or heart problems. He was 75 years old. Several weeks prior to his death, he had postponed and canceled shows due to hospitalization for pneumonia.


    Brown was considered a local legend in Washington, D.C., and appeared in television advertisements for the Washington Post and other area companies. The D.C. Lottery's "Rolling Cash 5" ad campaign features Chuck Brown singing his 2007 song "The Party Roll" in front of various D.C. city landmarks such as Ben's Chili Bowl.

    Brown was the subject of the cover article in The Washington Post Magazine on October 4, 2009, entitled Chuck Brown's Long Dance. He received his first Grammy Award nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Love" (with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller), from the album We Got This.

    In 2009, the 1900 block of 7th Street NW, in Northwest Washington, DC between Florida Avenue and T Street was renamed "Chuck Brown Way" in his honor.

    On September 4, 2011, Brown was honored by the National Symphony Orchestra, as the NSO paid tribute to Legends of Washington Music Labor Day concert - honoring Brown's music, as well as Duke Ellington and John Philip Sousa - with a free concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Brown and his band capped off the evening with a performance.


    Brown with his signature
    blonde Gibson ES-175

    1972: (as The Soul Searchers) We The People
    1974: (as The Soul Searchers) Salt of the Earth
    1978: Bustin' Loose
    1980: Funk Express
    1984: We Need Some Money
    1986: Go Go Swing Live [Future Sounds Production]
    1987: Any Other Way to Go?
    1987: Live '87 - D.C. Bumpin' Y'all [live; double album]
    1989: Trust Me: Live Pa Tape, Vol. 2 [Future Records & Tapes]
    1990: Wind Me up Chuck, Vol. 3 [Raw Venture Records & Tapes]
    1991: 90's Goin' Hard
    1993: This Is a Journey into Time [live]
    1995: Hah Man
    1995: The Other Side - with Eva Cassidy (recorded in 1992 and released in 1995)
    1997: Live Pa Tape
    1998: Timeless
    1999: The Spirit of Christmas
    2001: Your Game...Live at the 9:30 Club
    2002: Put Your Hands Up!
    2005: Best of Chuck Brown (remastered)
    2007: We are About The Business (Raw Venture Records)
    2010: We Got This (Raw Venture Records)


    Video : Chuck Brown - Bustin' Loose

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  • i want to thank Dirk for doing this!!! i know that go go music never made it really big. but it is considered very special here. also check out trouble funk, rare essence and experience unlimited!!! RIP CHUCK!!!

    imho- eric clapton ripped off bustin loose for pretending.

    love is all you need! is there anybody alive out there?
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    • 6 Jun 2012, 11:05
    Well, I don't like Funk, but thanks, Dirk. It's hard work to do a wiki etc. ...

    Chuck Brown died not long ago, haven't heard about it, but how ? I don't listen to the radio, I don't watch TV very often (maybe 2-3 hours in 1-2 months), I don't read any newspapers or journals and normally I don't visit sites with news in the web ...

  • that's o.k because outside of washington d.c. he was not very well known. he made what is called go go music! very unique to our area. very percussive funk. try it. you might like it. :)

    love is all you need! is there anybody alive out there?
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