Charles Louis “Chuck” Brown, (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012), singer & guitarist.

Chuck Brown was born in North Carolina. He started out in music as a sideman playing blues guitar with various R & B groups and a Latin band named Los Latinos. He later led his own group, the Soul Searchers. Although he only had a few minor hits on the national level, he was a legendary musician in Washington, D.C. His hit, Bustin’ Loose,” became the home run song for the Washington Nationals baseball team. Brown became known as the “Godfather of G0-Go“. Go-Go music was a type of funk music that became popular in the D.C. area and Brown was its most famous performer. The go-go beat became popular with hip-hop, rap, and jazz musicians. (In fact, Miles Davis’ last drummer was Ricky Wellman, who had been a member of Brown’s Soul Searchers.)

In addition to “Bustin’ Loose,” Brown also had a few hits with go-go versions of jazz classics, such as “Moody’s Mood For Love” and Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”He later recorded the theme song for the TV sitcom The Sinbad Show. In 1992, he recorded a duet album with singer Eva Cassidy, (her only studio recording). He continued to perform and record. He received a Grammy nomination in 2010 for best R & B performance. Last Labor Day, the National Symphony gave a concert that featured Brown and his music, along with two other D.C. musical legends: John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington. After suffering from pneumonia, Chuck Brown died from heart failure at the age of 75.

Visit the official Chuck Brown website here.

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