Affectionately known as the Godfather of Go Go, Chuck Brown created the Go Go sound. He combined Latin beats, African call and response chants and American Jazz, throwing in a touch of soul with a continuous drumbeat. This nonstop dance music is and has been a trademark of original creative music from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and has gained Chuck Brown worldwide fans.
Chuck Brown began his musical career in the early 60’s. His first stage experience was with Jerry Butler and the Earls of Rhythm. Then in 1965, he joined Los Latinos, whose syncopated backbeat enthralled him. He exploded onto the scene in 1971 with his first hit “We The People.” This was followed by the gold album “Bustin’ Loose” and the #1 hit single of the same name on MCA/Source Records. In the mid-80’s, the face of Go Go was changed forever with the Future Records release of “Go Go Swing.” With this release, Chuck Brown broke new ground, and captured the hearts of music lovers young and old, near and far, black and white.
Chuck Brown’s 1993 release, “The Other Side,” is a collaboration with the incredibly talented late vocalist Eva Cassidy (in March 2001 she had the #1 album in the UK). While this project may seem like a radical departure from Chuck’s up tempo Go Go creations, “The Other Side” showcases Chuck’s roots, influences and talents that influenced his unique signature on the Go Go scene. “Hah Man” was released in 1994, combining Chuck’s Jazz and Blues roots with his Go Go rhythms. A duet of “Blues In The Night” was included in the 1997 release of Eva Cassidy’s “Eva By Heart.”
DC’s #1 radio station WPGC began a movement to induct Chuck into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a hugely successful petition drive. Chuck’s hit “Bustin’ Loose” also regained national attention again in 2002, thanks to it’s use in the smash Nelly single “Hot In Herre”.