Five years ago today, the world of Go-Go lost its biggest name: Chuck Brown.  The Godfather of Go-Go passed away on May 16, 2012, due to complications from sepsis, but that doesn’t mean the music has stopped.

Related: Frank ‘Scooby’ Sirius on Continuing Chuck Brown’s Legacy

While go-go hasn’t had as much of an impact outside of the Beltway, it’s D.C.’s best kept secret.  “It’s about love, the communication between performer and audience,” Brown described to MTV. “When you’re on stage, the people put that love to you and you give it back. There’s no other music like it.”

As you remember the life of this funky musician today, play these songs and feel the groove take over.

Note: it’s hard to just pick a few of this legend’s amazing songs.  There are a ton more that can be included, so think of this as an appetizer. Here’s a good Spotify playlist, too!

“Bustin’ Loose”

“Blow Your Whistle”

“We Need Some Money”

“It Don’t Mean a Thing”

“Midnight Sun”

“Run Joe”

“Stormy Monday”

“My Funny Valentine”

“Moody’s Mood”

“Back It on up”

“Wind Me Up”


We miss you, Chuck!

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