The Sound of Young America: Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go Music and the Song that Changed My Life

Episode 9

2nd February 2011

Chuck Brown is known as “The Godfather of Go-Go”, a genre of very danceable funk music that he helped originate in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s. His newest release is a 3-disc set called “We Got This”. He spoke to us about a song that changed his life.

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Known as The Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown created a new take on funk music in the 1970s with strong dance beats and an infectious spirit. His early hits as a guitarist and singer included “I Need Some Money” and “Bustin’ Loose”. He’s a local legend in Washington, D.C., where go-go originated.

His new 3-disc CD/DVD set We Got This includes his first Grammy nominated song, “Love”, recorded with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.

He spoke to us about a song he considers very influential — “Mister Magic” by the jazz-funk musician Grover Washington.

The Song That Changed My Life, by Chuck Brown

Grover Washington, “Mister Magic”

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