Chuck Brown – Biography
Chuck Brown was born on the 22nd. of August, 1936. He was credited as the “the Godfather of Go-go music” which was a diversification of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid and late 1970s. Not much has been written about Chuck Brown’s early life but Brown is believed to have resided in Brandywine, Maryland. He had 2 daughters Cherita Whiting, KayKay and two sons, Wiley and Nekos Brown.
In 1960, Brown began his musical career playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965.
His first hit was “We the People” on the debut album of the same name in 1972. Next came the album Salt of the Earth, with the hit “Blow Your Whistle” (sampled by Grammy winner Eve in 2007 in her hit “Tambourine”), and one of the most sampled break beats of ALL time from “Ashley’s Roach Clip” (including Eric B and Rakim, LL Cool J and countless others).
In 1978, the Soul Searchers became Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and Chuck’s original composition “Bustin’ Loose” took the #1 spot in Billboard, on Source/MCA Records. The song was used in Grammy winner Nelly’s 2002 smash “Hot in Herre,” and continues to be one of the most relevant and often sampled funk songs ever written (“Bustin’ Loose” is currently featured in a national television campaign for Chips Ahoy).
During his life long career, Chuck Brown showed great showmanship and perseverance.
Chuck Brown died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital of multiple organ failure including heart failure or heart problems. He was 75 years old. Several weeks prior to his death, he had postponed and canceled shows due to hospitalization for pneumonia.