I’ve spent most of my professional life in DC, where go-go music was created.
Chuck Brown, the undisputed Godfather of Go-Go, put the genre on the map.
The Washington Post reported the Godfather died yesterday at the age of 75. Longtime radio DJ Donnie Simpson told the Post:
Chuck was like the Washington Monument. He was like Ben’s Chili Bowl. He was the big chair. He was all of that. Chuck Brown was Washington D.C.... People feel you when it’s genuine and Chuck was always that.
I last saw the Godfather in 2010 when he played rocked Ben Franklin Parkway during Philly’s 4th of July celebration. Chuck Brown will be missed but his music will live on. May he rest in peace.
For the good times.