Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go Funk, Dies at 75


Brown died today in a Baltimore hospital from sepsis-related complications at age 75. Brown's career spanned decades, but his greatest achievement remained developing the go-go genre in the mid-seventies by weaving together funk music's percussion baselines. "While rap music exploded across the country, go-go dominated young black Washington," the Washington Post's obituary reads. This turned Brown into a D.C. musical landmark, but sadly, his influence was rarely felt beyond the Beltway.