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Chuck Brown
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    (August 22, 1936-May 16, 2012)
    Born in Gaston, North Carolina
    Guitarist and singer
    Created go-go music from elements of funk, Latin music, soul and jazz
    Known as 'the Godfather of Go-Go'
    Recorded the albums 'We The People' (1972), 'Salt of the Earth' (1974), 'Bustin' Loose' (1979), 'Funk Express' (1980), 'We Need Some Money' (1984), 'Live '87 - DC Bumpin' Y'all' (1987), 'The Other Side' (with Eva Cassidy, 1995), 'The Spirit of Christmas' (1999) and 'We Got This' (2010)
    Songs include 'Bustin' Loose,' 'We Need Some Money,' 'We The People,' 'Blow Your Whistle,' 'Ashley's Roachclip,' 'Run Joe' and 'The Party Roll'
    Recorded the theme song for 'The Sinbad Show'
    He began smoking at age seven.
    He served eight years in prison after fatally shooting a man. (He claimed it was self defense.)
    He got his first guitar in prison, swapping another inmate five cartons of cigarettes for it.
    'Bustin' Loose' was the only one of his songs to break out of Washington, DC, and become a hit nationally.
    'Bustin' Loose' was sampled in Nelly's 'Hot in Herre.'
    He appeared in ads for the DC Lottery.
    His oldest son died in a car crash at age 23.
    'Bustin' Loose' topped Bilboard's R&B chart and crossed over to the pop Top 40.
    He received a gold record for 'Bustin' Loose' and a platinum record for his contribution to 'Hot In Herre.'
    He was a Washington, DC, institution and had a city street named after him (2009).
    When he was in his 70s, NPR noted he was 'still spry and more stylish than men half his age.'
    He described go-go as 'like gumbo: a lot of ingredients, no fixed recipe, and no two batches are exactly the same.'

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