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Chuck Brown Dies, Share Your Memories

The Washington D.C. music scene lost a titan today. How did Brown's music impact your life?

Update: 6:30 p.m. - 

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has issued a press release expressing his condolences over the passing of local music legend Chuck Brown. 

The statement reads in full: 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and countless fans of Chuck Brown.  It is a sad day for so many in Prince George’s County, the Washington region, and throughout the world. Chuck Brown left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds with his very distinctive voice and incredible genre of music that he created, Go-Go.

He was an icon whose music inspired so many and become the sound that defined modern-day Washington, DC and Prince George’s County. He will be missed, but we are so fortunate that his music will be with us forever.”

Original Article Below:

Chuck Brown, known to millions as the Godfather of Go-Go, passed away earlier today in Baltimore due to complications from pneumonia. The Washington Post has the full story, but I'd like to use this space to gather your memories of the man and the music he created. 

I do not have any personal memories of Chuck Brown, but as a child growing up in Hyattsville, much of my youth, especially in middle and high school, was set to the beat of go-go music. 

I was first introduced to go-go's infectious rhythms in middle school by my friends Kwame and Quran, who were prone to start creating go-go beats on anything remotely percussive which could be found in the classroom and the hallways. 

Later, go-go was a staple of the music played at the DeMatha and Elizabeth Seton school dances, often to the annoyance of chaperones who would have to frequently remind us to 'leave room for the holy spirit' as we danced with our partners. One of my freshman and sophomore year classmates was even the son of a founding member of Rare Essence. 

So, it was with sadness that I received the news of Chuck Brown's death. But his music, and the genre which he gave form to, will live on. 

We here at Patch would love for you to share your memories of Chuck Brown or go-go music in general. Leave your comments below. Rest in peace, Mr. Brown.

Reggie Smith May 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Big Reg May god bless his family and relatives, for what Chuck has done over the years with his music he could never be replaced. (you wiil truly be missed)!!!!!
M Jones May 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
May God bless the family and fans of Mr.Chuck Brown. He will truly be missed!:-(...Chuck live shows,were the only thing worthy of me sweating my perm out!!
Kate Phelan May 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I had the great joy of ushering Chuck Brown's show at Strathmore Hall a couple of years ago. It was my first exposure to his music and unforgettable! He was amazing. The whole building was dancing - in the concert hall and the atrium.
rusty hinton May 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM
chuck brown will shurly be missed he was the best that ever played gogo you know your bad when you can go to china and rock the chinese you have really done some thing there will never be another chuck brown im so glade that i had the chance to party with him growing up in dc going to his shows at the mavric room in ne panrama room se colosiem howard theater wilmerspark boat rides thats the histery i have with chuck and it hurts just writeing this im glade my 14 year old son experienced his music we love you chuck you will always be in ower harts and minds rip
Crystal May 26, 2012 at 03:32 AM
R.I.P Chuck. I just wrote an article on you playing the mothership in Hampton Va with George Clinton. When i saw you, tou look great as well as your band performance. I am truely blessed. I was with Belita Woods b4 she passed this week.my heart has shed many tears of joy we spent together. Stay bless and continue to praise God by sheding his light and light he gives you. Pass it on with a smile on your face. I love you Jesus. Thank you for blessing us with so many talented souls shining your word

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