- For the New Age musician, see Chuck Brown (New Age musician).
Chuck Brown (born 1934) is an African-American jazz guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "The Godfather of Go-Go". Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid- and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.
Brown's musical career began in the 1960s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965. He still performs music today and is commonly known in the Washington, DC area. Brown's early hits include "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose". "Bustin' Loose" has been adopted by the Washington Nationals baseball team as its home run celebration song. Brown also recorded go-go covers of early jazz and blues songs, such as "Go-Go Swing" Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If Ain't Got That Swing", "Moody's Mood for Love", Johnny Mercer's "Midnight Sun", Louis Jordan's "Run Joe", and T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday".
He has influenced other go-go bands such as Big G and The Backyard Band, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited (EU), Little Benny and the Masters, and Trouble Funk.
The song "Ashley's Roachclip" from the Soul Searchers' 1974 album Salt of the Earth contains a famous drum break.
Brown is considered a local legend in Washington, D.C., and has appeared in television advertisements for the Washington Post and other area companies. The D.C. Lottery's "Rolling Cash 5" ad campaign features Chuck Brown singing his 2007 song "The Party Roll" in front of various D.C. city landmarks such as Ben's Chili Bowl.
Brown resides in Waldorf, Maryland. His son, Nekos Brown, is a sophomore defensive end for the 2007 Virginia Tech football team.
- 1972: We the People
- 1974: Salt of the Earth
- 1979: Bustin' Loose
- 1980: Funk Express
- 1984: We Need Some Money
- 1986: Go Go Swing Live
- 1987: Any Other Way to Go?
- 1991: 90's Goin' Hard
- 1993: This Is a Journey into Time [live]
- 1995: Hah Man
- 1995: The Other Side - with Eva Cassidy (recorded in 1992 and released in 1995)
- 1997: Live Pa Tape
- 1997: Trust Me: Live Pa Tape, Vol. 2
- 1997: Wind Me up Chuck, Vol. 3 [live]
- 1998: Timeless
- 1999: The Spirit of Christmas
- 2001: Your Game...Live at the 9:30 Club
- 2002: Put Your Hands Up!
- 2005: Best of Chuck Brown (remastered)
- 2007: We're About The Business (Raw Venture Records)
- Official website
- 2005 podcast interview
- Photo Gallery of Chuck Brown & his band at the , Washington DC
- "Chuck Brown: Go-Go Godfather's Gumbo", All Things Considered, 10 May 2006
- "Wind me up, Chuck", Jeff Chang, San Francisco Bay Guardian, June 2001
- "Chuck Brown," Nick Baily, Global Rhythm, August 2007
- "Still Soulful, Still Swinging, Still Ready to Bust Loose," Jon Pareles, The New York Times, April 21, 2007
- on Chuck Brown's influence