D.C. lost its most recognizable musical icon on Wednesday when Chuck Brown , the “Godfather of Go-Go,” passed away at the age of 75. It was Brown who, in the 1970s, created the genre that came to be the capital’s indigenous sound and penned one of its most enduring hits, “Bustin’ Loose.”
The Post has covered Brown’s career extensively, but here are four must-read highlights from the archives.
Jacqueline Trescott’s March 22, 1979 article profiles Brown at the time of his first taste of mainstream success, after the iconic “Bustin’ Loose” hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts and broke into the pop top 20.
Michael Marriott’s Oct. 5, 1984 article focuses on the emergence of go-go, D.C.’s new genre, which is described as “rough, aggressive, urban and black.”
Marc Fisher’s Aug. 14, 1994 story is The Post’s definitive profile of Brown and the genre he created, written at a transitional time in Brown’s career when he was “splitting his performance time between go-gos and the upscale club scene, where he plays jazz and blues with a 30-year-old smoky soprano from Prince George's County, Eva Cassidy.”
Robin Rose Parker’s Oct. 4, 2009 Washington Post Magazine cover story profiles Brown during his late-career renaissance, as he basked in the glow of being one of the city’s most widely-beloved figures without losing a beat.