Maxx Kidd, a music industry veteran who helped pioneer go-go music, died March 13 in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Billboard has learned. The 75-year-old Kidd passed away following a years-long battle with “a variety of health complications,” according to surviving family members.
Born Carl Lomax Kidd on Aug. 18, 1941, Kidd was a young man growing up in West Virginia when he met singer Nat “King” Cole” at a nightclub owned by Kidd’s father. That sparked an interest in pursuing a career in music, which Kidd started in earnest in 1960 when he relocated to Washington, D.C. following a stint in the army. It was there that Kidd parlayed his pre-army job as a Calypso singer for a drive-in restaurant into becoming a member of a local D.C. soul group called The Enjoyables.