D.C. lost its most recognizable musical icon on Wednesday when Chuck Brown , the “Godfather of Go-Go,” passed away at the age of 75. It was Brown who, in the 1970s, created the genre that came to be the capital’s indigenous sound and penned one of its most enduring hits, “Bustin’ Loose.”
Brown died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed Brown had died after a hospital stay that began April 18.
His publicist says the cause of death is multiorgan failure due to sepsis.
Brown’s passing comes about a week after the Washington Post confirmed that the musician, considered the pioneer of Go-Go music, had been hospitalized with pneumonia.