Chuck Brown, known as "the godfather of go-go," died yesterday in Baltimore at age 75, the Washington Post reports. With his band the Soul Searchers, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter helped pioneer the funky D.C.-area sound known as go-go, which weaves together songs via the continuous groove of a live band rather than the turntables and DJs of hip-hop. The style earned its name, the gruff-voiced frontman once said, because "the music just goes and goes." Brown and the Soul Searchers broke out with 1978's R&B chart-topping "Bustin' Loose," which was later interpolated by rapper Nelly for "Hot in Herre." They cracked the charts again with 1984's "We Need Some Money." Eve sampled Brown's "Blow Your Whistle" for her song "Tambourine." Brown continued making music in recent years, scoring his highest-charting album ever in 2007 with We're About the Business and cracking the charts again early last year on Jill Scott-assisted single "Love," according to Billboard. As the Post reports, Brown died due to complications from sepsis after being hospitalized for pneumonia. He still performed periodically in his later years, but had not appeared live since canceling a show in March, according to the Post. "As long as I can walk up on that stage, I want to make people happy," he's quoted as saying in 2006. "I want to make people dance." Brown's name has been a presence in SPIN several times over the years, including in the magazine's second issue back in 1985. Below, after live footage of Brown performing at D.C.'s 9:30 Club, are some highlights from the archives.