It's impossible to overstate how popular and influential go-go singer/guitarist Chuck Brown was in the Washington, DC area, even if his fame didn't really transcend regional fame, other than a few hits and some legendary samples. However, David Simon, creator of The Wire, probably reflected Brown's legacy best on his blog yesterday:
Just heard the news that the father of D.C. go-go has died. He was 75.
Having heard Big G, The Backyard Band and the Soul Searcher horn section bring their funk to New Orleans last Friday, the news lands strangely. The guys on the stage of Tipitina’s last week are very much the proud children of Mr. Brown and his Soul Searchers.
This man, who invented a musical genre and grooved so hard and for so long, is not yet in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Dave Clark Five, however, are comfortably settled in the shrine.
Argument enough to burn that motherfucker down to the Lake Erie waterline.
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