'Go-Go' performer Chuck Brown dies
POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:14pm
Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," a genre blending funk, jazz and soul and other musical forms, died Wednesday, his manager said.
Brown, 75, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, manager Tom Goldfogle said. The performer, whose career spanned four decades, died of multi-organ failure from sepsis.
"Go-Go" originated in Washington, D.C., in the early 1970s.
Brown, with the Soul Searchers, had a big hit with "Bustin' Loose." The guitarist and singer became a familiar figure on stage with his brim hat and sunglasses, creating "the beat" for dancers.
According to CNN affiliate WJLA, Brown had recently postponed numerous shows due to failing health.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
"His family continues to be grateful for the outpouring of love and support and requests respect for their privacy during this difficult time," Goldfogle said in a statement.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, in a tweet, paid tribute to the gravelly voiced Brown. "What a loss," his message concluded.
CNN''s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.