“Godfather Of Go-Go” Chuck Brown Dies At Age 75/ Rocsi & Terrence J, Leaving 106?/ Donna Summers Dies at Age 63

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Hip Hop News

“Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown Dies At 75

by Slava Kuperstein

Chuck Brown, credited with the creation of go-go, died on Wednesday (May 16).

Brown’s manager confirmed that the bandleader died from complications from sepsis, reports the Washington Post. Brown had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Regarded as the “Godfather of Go-Go,” Brown was credited with creating the sub-genre of funk in the mid-1970s, which became wildly popular in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

The call-and-response brand of funk has fused with Hip Hop in recent years, with many D.C. go-go artists covering songs by various Hip Hop acts. The name of the genre, according to Brown, came from the fact that “the music just goes and goes.”

Washington, D.C. emcee Wale took to Twitter to pay his respects to the fallen legend:

@Wale Wale Folarin RIP to the Legend …Chuck Brown. u will be missed worldwide. #dcornothing May 16 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Brown was 75 years old. (hiphopdx.com)

Chuck Brown “Go-Go Swing”

 

Chuck Brown And The Soul Searchers – Day-O

 

Rocsi, Terrence J Leaving “106 & Park”

by Grouchy Greg

Hit Hip-Hop/r&b video countdown show “106 & Park” will go through some major changes in the near future.

According to the New York Post, longtime co-host Rocsi Diaz is leaving the show to pursue an acting career.

Rocsi will reportedly be relocating to the West Coast, in an effort to pursue a career in Hollywood.

According to sources, Terrence J. is also making plans to leave the show as a host, to pursue an acting career as well.

Both have appeared in high-profile movies in the past year.

Rocsi will be featured in the movie “Soul Ties,” while Terrence J. had a starring role in Steve Harvey’s movie “Think Like a Man.”

There was no time frame for the their departure from “106 & Park.”

Terrence J. and Rocsi were the third set of hosts for “106 & Park,” since the show’s launch in 2000.

Free and AJ Calloway were the original hosts from 2000-2005, while Big Tigger and Julissa Bermudez hosted the show for one year, from 2005-2006.

Rocsi and Terrence J. held down the hosting duties from 2006 until present. (allhiphop.com)

Donna Summer, Dies at 63

Donna Summer — the Queen of Disco — died this morning after a battle with cancer … TMZ has learned.
We’re told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.
Sources close to Summer tell us … the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.
In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.
Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.”

She continued her dominance in the ’80s with “She Works Hard for the Money” and “This Time I Know It’s for Real.”
Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the ’70s and influenced acts like Duran Duran and David Bowie to enter the genre.
Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together. (tmz.com)

Donna Summer – Last Chance

 

Donna Summer – Bad Girls

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