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Chuck Brown remembrances: Ways to honor the ‘Godfather of Go-Go’

D.C. musical legend Chuck Brown died Wednesday at the age of 75, and the remembrances have been pouring in on Twitter, in makeshift memorials around town, on local radio airwaves and even at a local church.

View Photo Gallery: D.C. residents honor the legendary go-go musician Chuck Brown upon news of his death.

As Mike DeBonis noted Wednesday, a public memorial is very likely but hasn’t yet been announced. D.C. residents have already gotten a head start — fans honored Brown last night in front of the Howard Theatre, near the stretch of Seventh Street NW named for the “Godfather of Go-Go” and where he was to perform next month.

Brown is also being remembered on local radio stations, including WKYS and WPGC. WKYS is asking fans to post their condolences for Brown on its Web site, and radio personalities are reading selected tributes on air.

On Twitter, both stations are retweeting tributes from fans.

Woke up hearing Chuck with @myfoxdc and now on the drive to work with @WPGC “run Joe!”

— Ashley Fullen (@MssAshNicole) May 17, 2012

We’ve included some tweets honoring Brown at the bottom of this post.

Big Tigger, a local radio personality known for his work on stations such as WPGC, tweeted that he plans to do a Chuck Brown podcast Friday.

Comments honoring Brown are also appearing on YouTube videos of his hits, including “Bustin’ Loose.”

Update: WKYS honored brown during its “Lunch Break Mix” with a rousing playlist that included hits like “Wind Me Up Chuck” and “Bustin’ Loose.” You can listen to it here.

Update: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is also honoring Brown during his DJ set on WPFW, reports The City Paper.Gray hinted at his musical selections on his Twitter account.

”It don’t mean a thang if ain’t got that go-go swing!” in now 800-222-9739 to support WPFW!…

— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) May 17, 2012

If you come across memorials for Chuck Brown, you can leave details in the comments of this post or tweet photos to @washingtonpost. We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day.


Photos: D.C. reacts to the death of the ‘Godfather of Go-Go’

Video: Post music critic Chris Richards remembers Chuck Brown, creator of Go-Go

The Root DC: Chuck Brown, D.C. go-go legend, dies at 75

The Style Blog: Remembering the ‘Godfather of Go-Go’ through the Post archives

Bethonie Butler is a producer and a reporter on The Post’s engagement team. She oversees online comments and has also contributed to The Style Blog and She The People.


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