*Chuck Brown, the legendary Washington D.C. musician known as the “Godfather of Go-Go,” has died, his daughter confirmed to DC’s ABC7.
Brown’s passing comes about a week after the Washington Post confirmed that the musician had been hospitalized with pneumonia. According to Brown’s manager, he died between 2 and 2:30 p.m. today in the intensive care unit of John’s Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. He was surrounded by family, including his wife Jocelyn and four children.
Brown had recently postponed numerous shows due to his failing health. He first went to the hospital complaining of arthritis, but doctors discovered he had blood clots in his legs and promptly removed them through surgery. But, he developed pneumonia while in intensive care and his condition deteriorated.
A bandleader, singer and guitarist, Brown was one of the rare go-go artists to gain national attention. Leading the Soul Searchers in the 1970s, Brown was fundamental in the creation of go-go music.
He hit No. 1 on the R&B charts with “Bustin’ Loose” in 1978 and had another hit with “We Need Some Money (Bout Money)” in 1984.
Brown received his first Grammy nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for “Love,” featuring Jill Scott and Marcus Miller, from the album “We Got This.”