In Memory of Chuck Brown

The Godfather of Go-Go is remembered at the BET Awards.


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Chuck Brown (08/22/36 – 05/16/12) - Affectionately called the Godfather of Go-Go-, Brown was born August 22, 1936 in Gaston, NC. (Photo: David Corio/Redferns)

"Love Is My Religion" featuring Frank Sirius - Go-go musicians are also known for their ability to cover anyone from Jay Z to Ashlee Simpson, and on this record, The Chuck Brown Band and Frank Sirius take on the lifted vibrations of Ziggy Marely's 2006 song and make it more palatable for the lower chakras.(Photo: David Corio/Redferns)

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Multi-Talented  - The music man was a songwriter, guitarist and performer whose hit "Bustin' Loose" is the Washington Nationals baseball team celebration record. (Photo: David Corio/Redferns)


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Picture Perfect - June 2012, celebrity painter Peekaso, who once painted for Brown live on stage during a performance, paid tribute to the musician with a dedication portrait.(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


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Chuck Brown - The veteran participated in the Summer Soul Day Party with Tank and Bobby V. in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2011. (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)


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Go-Go Getter - Jocked for his musical style, Brown had a musical impact on stars in many different genres. His music has  influenced today's stars, like Wale, Raheem Devaughn and the The Roots, with whom he performed at the the 7th Annual Roots Jam Session, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, in 2011. (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images) 

Wind Me Up, Chuck! - Known as the Godfather of go-go, the indigenous music from our nation's capitol, Chuck Brown's music has set the tone for Washington, D.C., and influenced the genre's close musical cousin, hip hop, since he first hit the scene in the late '70s.Backed by the Soul Searchers, the band leader, performer, and songwriter remained a staple in creating the percussive, funk-inspired sound up, rocking the stage until just before his passing, May 16, 2012. In honor of his memory, BET takes a look at some of the other go-go greats that he inspired.(Photo: REUTERS/Andrea De Silva)

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Chuck Brown - The guitarist gets the crowd going on the final day of the 20th St. Lucia Jazz Festival at Pigeon Island, May 8, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS /ANDREA DE SILVA /LANDOV)


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Street Cred - Beloved in Washington, D.C., the city honored him with a street called "Chuck Brown Way" in 2009.    (Photo: Jeffrey MacMillan)

Chuck Brown - Chuck Brown, affectionately dubbed the "Godfather of Go-Go" music, died from undisclosed causes on May 16. He was 75. (Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Bustin' Loose - The 1978 hit song "Bustin' Loose" is a huge hit that spent four strong weeks at #1 on the R&B charts. (Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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Grammy Nod - In 2010, Go-Go's Godfather received his first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for his song "Love," which featured Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.(Photo: Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)


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Chuck Brown - On September 4, 2011, the National Symphony Orchestra payed tribute Brown and his legacy. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


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Howard Tribute - The musician was remembered by hundreds of Howard University students on June 22, 2012 at a campus concert. (Photos: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)