Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers (1978)
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Published on May 2, 2012
"Bustin' Loose" was a hit song for Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers. Released from the LP of the same name in late 1978, it spent four weeks at the top of the R&B singles chart in early 1979 and peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Chuck Brown (August 22, 1936 -- May 16, 2012) was a guitarist and singer who was affectionately called 'The Godfather Of Go-go'. Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid- and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown was widely regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music. Brown's musical career began in the 1960s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls Of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965. "Bustin' Loose" has been adopted by the Washington Nationals baseball team as its home run celebration song, and was interpolated by Nelly for his 2002 number one hit "Hot In Herre". He has influenced other go-go bands such as Big G & The Backyard Band, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited (EU), Little Benny & The Masters, and Trouble Funk. Brown was considered a local legend in Washington, D.C., and has appeared in television advertisements for the Washington Post newspaper and other area companies. He received his first Grammy Award nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Love" with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller, from the album "We Got This". Since the early 1970s, Brown exclusively played a blonde Gibson ES-335, which is affectionately referred to as 'Blondie'. Chuck Brown died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital of multiple organ failure including heart failure. He was 75 years old. Several weeks prior to his death, he had postponed and canceled shows due to hospitalization for pneumonia. This channel is dedicated to all the great 'old school' R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it's all 'Old School' and it's all here!
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