In Uganda we have an adage that bad news comes in threes. Old wives’ tale some might say, but 2012 might have the naysayers sit up and take notice.
Whitney Houston needs no reintroduction to those of us who grew up when singing had nothing to do with taking your clothes off, getting your voice engineered by a synthesizer or relying on a drum machine for your background instrumentals. Neither does Donna Summer require extensive elaboration if you know anything about disco, Studio 54 and matchless verve.
Chuck Brown might be one that some of our generation might scratch their heads over but you only have to Google “Bustin Loose” to understand why he was called the godfather of Go-go. Go-go music went on and on and tested the mettle of all but the most resilient and fit dancers. Chuck Brown put the swagger and stamina into high-octane dance music.
Alas all three are now gone, leaving behind a peerless legacy and trepidation about whether we shall see any musician with their raw talent and entertainment value ever again.
In moments like this, it is perhaps best to let the deceased regale one from yonder years. Check out the links (related articles) below for the three musical icons’ talents.
- Obits: Chuck Brown, Funk Pioneer Dies At 75 (dayandadream.com)
- Whitney Houston: the G-Class of song
- Glee’s coincidental tribute to Whitney Houston
- Godfather Of Go-Go Music Chuck Brown Dead At 75 (therussparrmorningshow.com)
- No more tears (Enough is enough) – Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
- Bustin Loose – Chuck Brown
- ‘it don’t mean a thing if it don’t got the go-go swing’ – Chuck Brown (1936 – 2012) (thespillblog.co.uk)
- More farewells: Chuck Brown, Donna Summer (backtorockville.typepad.com)