I am so sad that one of our musical heroes has passed away.
Growing up in the D.C. area go-go music plays a major part in the soundtrack of my life. And Mr. Chuck Brown, our Godfather of Go-Go, dominated that section. Every cookout, cabaret (parties thrown in rented out spaces), every party played music by Chuck. (We lovingly and respectfully called him Chuck.) People always had their favorite go-go bands, usually bands that represented where you were from, but everyone loved and would go see Chuck.
When I would come home from college for the summer, every weekend my girlfriend and I would ask, "we goin' to see Chuck?" Go-gos were expensive, but everyone paid whatever to see Chuck Brown. You knew if he was performing then you were in for a good time.
Even if you're not from the D.C. area I'm sure you've heard his songs, if not his own, you've heard his brilliance sampled in songs like "Tambourine" by Eve and Nelly's "Hot in Herre." I knew about these but when I did a search I didn't realize how much his music was sampled (check out this link).
We will miss Chuck Brown but I know for sure his spirit lives on through his music and through the people who loved him.
Thank you for your light, Mr. Chuck Brown.