Popular American singer and guitarist, Chuck Brown died at the age of 75, after suffering from pneumonia. Brown who was popularly known as the ‘Godfather of go-go’, died on May 17, 2012 at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.
The news was confirmed by hospital spokesperson Gary Stephenson, who said that Brown died after a hospital stay began on April 18. Mayor Vincent Gray said that the nations’s capital will be a different place without Brown.
Several admirers and fans of the singer were called on May 16, evening to a candle light vigil in Washington. A sound truck was to blast a special Chuck Brown music mix to the crowd in remembrance of the musician before a prayer session.
Gray said, “Go-go is D.C.’s very own unique contribution to the world of pop music”. The mayor also said that it was a very sad day for the music lovers the world over. In the year 2007, the musician told the reporters that go-go was influenced by the sounds and fast beats which he heard early in life. It was Brown’s hit ‘Bustin’ Loose’ with his group, the Soul Searchers which help define go-go’s sound. The track also spent several weeks at the top of the R&B charts in the 70s.