07:50 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 05/17/2012 07:45AM
Chuck Brown, who fused funk, soul and Latin sounds into an entirely new party music called go-go in Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, has died at 75 after suffering pneumonia.
Brown, a guitarist, singer and songwriter affectionately dubbed the "godfather of go-go," died Wednesday from complications of sepsis at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, the Washington Post reports. He had been hospitalized since April 18.
Go-go music was a point of pride for black Washingtonians, and Brown – an ex-con who became one of the city's most beloved figures – remained its most charismatic performer. He performed less often but still regularly in his final years.
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