Chuck Brown, an icon of Washington, D.C.’s funk music scene, died at the age of 75 on Wednesday (May 16). The Washington Post reports that Brown’s manager has confirmed the death of the singer/guitarist, which followed a battle with pneumonia.
Brown is widely credited with creating go-go music, a percussion-based alternative to disco that resided in Washington in the mid-70s. After beginning his career as a guitarist with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm in the 1960s, Brown became a star by creating local anthems like “Bustin’ Loose” and “I Need Some Money.”
Brown stayed active after finding initial success, scoring another hit in 1984 with “We Need Some Money (Bout Money),” although the singer’s profile, like go-go music, failed to translate to a national audience. Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia last month, and in a message on Facebook, the Brown family extended their “thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their concern, prayers and best wishes for Chuck Brown during his hospitalization.”