Long before he became the Godfather of GoGo and one of the District’s most well-known music legends, Chuck Brown would come to the intersection of 7th and T streets to shine shoes for patrons attending concerts at the Howard Theatre.
And so it was befitting that commanders from the Metropolitan Police and Fire Departments would be standing on the same street corner, renamed “Chuck Brown Way,” to go over the logistics for his public wake next Tuesday at the Howard Theatre.
“As a young kid Chuck Brown talked about how he got a whole dollar from Louis Armstrong as he shined his shoes and that was a big deal for him,” said Chip Ellis, one of the owners of the Howard Theatre. “Chuck has always looked at the Howard Theatre as a place where he has wanted to play and obviously he got his opportunity.”
Brown died last week at the age of 75. Ellis said while he wished that the GoGo music legend would have gotten a chance to play in the renovated theater he reopened recently, he said, “God had another plan.”
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