The sad news of Chuck Brown‘s death spread quickly Wednesday afternoon. Here’s some instant reactions.
From Raheem DeVaughn:
RIP to the GodFather of GoGo Chuck Brown. My heart hurts today a great icon has been lost.
— Raheem DeVaughn (@Raheem_DeVaughn) May 16, 2012
Backyard Band‘s Anwan “Big G” Glover:
My Heart Hurts. Man I Love You Chuck Brown.
— Anwan Big G Glover (@AnwanBigGGlover) May 16, 2012
Go-go musician and journalist Kato Hammond:
Okay.I can’t think straight right about now.RIP Chuck Brown… and prayers and condolences to his entire family.
— Kato Hammond (@TMOTTGoGo) May 16, 2012
Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham:
Very sad news about Chuck Brown.
— Jim Graham (@JimGrahamWard1) May 16, 2012
Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans:
RIP Chuck, a real DC legend: goo.gl/jskvY
— Jack Evans (@JackEvansWard2) May 16, 2012
D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown:
My thoughts & prayers are w/ the family of a native DC Legend,Mr. Chuck Brown. He will truly be missed. May he rest in peace. #RIPCHUCKBROWN
— Kwame Brown (@KwameBrownDC) May 16, 2012
WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi:
He never got rich. He paid his musicians. Eva Cassidy’s death moved him so deeply he stopped recording. That’s my Chuck Brown. Respect ,sir.
— Kojo Nnamdi (@Nnamdikid) May 16, 2012
Mayor Vince Gray:
Go-go is D.C.’s very own unique contribution to the world of pop music, and Chuck Brown was regarded as go-go’s creator and, arguably, its most legendary artist. Today is a very sad day for music lovers the world over, but especially in the District of Columbia. Without Chuck Brown, the world—and our city—will be a different place. What a loss! I am thankful that I had so many opportunities to witness Chuck’s singular talent in person, and I enjoyed each performance immensely. My heart, my thoughts and my prayers go out to his family.
This man, who invented a musical genre and grooved so hard and for so long, is not yet in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Dave Clark Five, however, are comfortably settled in the shrine.
Argument enough to burn that motherfucker down to the Lake Erie waterline.
RIP CHUCK BROWN THE GOGO ORIGINATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Da Real TCB Band (@BouncebeatKingz) May 16, 2012
Thievery Corporation‘s Eric Hilton:
We are sorry to say that our friend and legend, Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, passed away today. He was a truly amazing person and will be missed by countless friends and fans. Rob and I were blessed to meet him and spend time with him; we were awed by his presence. Rest in Peace Chuck.
Lionell Thomas, executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities:
The D.C. arts community mourns the passing of music icon, Chuck Brown. Chuck was a musical legend that helped shape the musical identity of this city. His music touched the lives of generations of Washingtonians, and he will forever be known as the Godfather of Go-Go. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
D.C. rapper Oddisee:
RIP to the God Father of Go-Go, Chuck Brown! I don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Go-Go swing! #DMV
— ODDISEE (@ODDISEE) May 16, 2012
Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh:
Chuck Brown was the best kind of performer—one who will be remembered not only for the quality of his work, but also for his contributions to the community. His musical legacy will live on, not only in the District street bearing his name, or each time a home run is scored at Nationals Stadium, but in the hearts of the people of the District of Columbia who loved him so much. My thoughts are with his family at this time.
Non-D.C. rapper Common:
May God bless the soul of The God Father of GoGo Chuck Brown!I know the DMV will be celebrating his art and… fb.me/tYpWylsA
— COMMON (@common) May 16, 2012
R.I.P Chuck Brown I’m very sad to hear this news. No one did it like The Godfather of Go-Go! twitter.com/JUNKYARDBAND/s…
— JUNKYARDBAND (@JUNKYARDBAND) May 16, 2012
RIP to a true legend…the godfather of Gogo Chuck Brown. We will dearly miss you!!
— tabi Bonney (@tabiBonney) May 16, 2012
Questlove, founder of The Roots:
Damn DC: Long Live The Legacy Of The Immortal Sound of Mr Chuck Brown!
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) May 16, 2012
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) May 16, 2012
Singer Jill Scott:
Ohhhh Chuck!!!!! R.I.P. ,Dear friend and lover of the original beat, your music captivated and lifted. You will be MISSED!!!!
— Jill Scott (@missjillscott) May 16, 2012
Be the Chuck Brown of whatever it is you do.
— Beauty Pill (@beautypill) May 16, 2012