Remembering Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown at the Great Northern Hotel, U.K. Photo: David Corio/Redferns

There aren’t many musical movements that you can trace to one particular place, and even fewer whose creation can be credited to a single artist. But nary a soul would dare dispute Washington D.C. legend Chuck Brown’s status as the man who built Go-Go from the ground up. The 75-year-old singer/guitarist, who died on May 16 of multiple organ failure after weeks in the hospital battling pneumonia, was known from Baltimore to Bakersfield as The Godfather of Go-Go, and for the last three and a half decades he has been the musical mayor of the Baltimore/D.C. region, known to everyone from old-schoolers to schoolkids for helping turn the tide of American music.

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