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 Charles L. “Chuck” Brown

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Charles L. “Chuck” Brown Famous memorial

Birth
Gaston, Northampton County, North Carolina, USA
Death
16 May 2012 (aged 75)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial
Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID
90261685 View Source

Guitarist and Singer. Respectfully called the godfather of go-go, a version of funk music he is credited with founding and developing in the Washington, D.C. area. He formed the group the soul searchers cutting their first record, "We the People," for Sussex Records in 1972, followed by "Salt of the Earth" in 1974. It wasn't until 1979's "Bustin' Loose" that helped define the sound of go-go, and it spent several weeks at the top of the R&B chart. Numerous live and studio records on a variety of labels followed. In 1992 he released an album with then little known soulful singer Eva Cassidy, her only studio release. The album "The Other Side" was released on Brown's label liaison records, consisting of jazz, blues and soul standards and contained a mixture of solos and duets. In 2005, he was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. He received his first Grammy nomination in 2010. He exclusively played a blonde Gibson ES-335, affectionately referring to it as blondie. His legendary live concerts called for a spirited call-and-response audience participation. His music has been sampled by numerous musicians including eve, nelly, llcoolj and countless others. He actively performed until a month before his death when he was hospitalized for pneumonia and died of multiple organ failure.

Guitarist and Singer. Respectfully called the godfather of go-go, a version of funk music he is credited with founding and developing in the Washington, D.C. area. He formed the group the soul searchers cutting their first record, "We the People," for Sussex Records in 1972, followed by "Salt of the Earth" in 1974. It wasn't until 1979's "Bustin' Loose" that helped define the sound of go-go, and it spent several weeks at the top of the R&B chart. Numerous live and studio records on a variety of labels followed. In 1992 he released an album with then little known soulful singer Eva Cassidy, her only studio release. The album "The Other Side" was released on Brown's label liaison records, consisting of jazz, blues and soul standards and contained a mixture of solos and duets. In 2005, he was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. He received his first Grammy nomination in 2010. He exclusively played a blonde Gibson ES-335, affectionately referring to it as blondie. His legendary live concerts called for a spirited call-and-response audience participation. His music has been sampled by numerous musicians including eve, nelly, llcoolj and countless others. He actively performed until a month before his death when he was hospitalized for pneumonia and died of multiple organ failure.

Bio by: A. L. Parrish


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: A. L. Parrish
  • Added: 16 May 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 90261685
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90261685/charles-l-brown: accessed ), memorial page for Charles L. “Chuck” Brown (22 Aug 1936–16 May 2012), Find a Grave Memorial ID 90261685, citing Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .