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Washington, D.C.-based septet The Soul Searchers formed in the early 1970s and were signed to the independent Sussex label where they released two albums of gritty, jazzy funk. Led by the “Godfather of Go-Go,” guitarist and singer Chuck Brown, other key longtime members of the band include John “J.B.” Buchanan (trombone, piano, synth, percussion, vocals) and Donald Tilley (trumpet, percussion, vocals). The Soul Searchers topped the R&B chart with 1979’s “Bustin’ Loose,” well known by sports fans from its usage by the Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards. The band continued to innovate into the ’80s, and are popularly regarded as the founders of Go-Go, a laid back, percussion- and vocal-dominated subgenre of funk best enjoyed live in the D.C. metro area. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers are one of the foundational influences on Hip-Hop.

Did you know?

  • Guitarist, bandleader and singer, Chuck Brown, is known as “The Godfather of Go-Go,” a subgenre of funk music developed around the Washington, D.C., area in the mid-1970s
  • The drum break from “Ashley’s Roachclip” has been sampled by by Run-D.M.C., Duran Duran, 2Pac, Milli Vanilli, Ice Cube, Mick Jagger, Public Enemy, P.M. Dawn, New Order, Eric B. & Rakim, EMF, LL Cool J, and many more
  • In 2014, the Chuck Brown Memorial Park in Langdon neighborhood, Washington, D.C., was built to honor Brown

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