From the Washington Post:
Chuck Brown, the gravelly voiced bandleader who capitalized on funks percussive pulse to create go-go, the genre of music that has soundtracked life in black Washington for more than three decades, died May 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 75.
The death, from complications from sepsis, was confirmed by his manager, Tom Goldfogle. Mr. Brown had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
For those not up on the legend that is Chuck Brown, check these out:
It Dont Mean a Thing If It Aint Got the Go Go Swing Live at Prospect Park (soulhead founder Ron Worthy in the front row)
We Need Some Money
Chuck Brown biography on Wikipedia