Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," shown in 1987.
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"Bustin' Loose," released in 1978, was Brown's biggest hit. The song, which contains elements of funk and disco, helped establish Brown's syncopated go-go style and reached number one on the Billboad R&B CHART in 1979.
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"I wanted my own sound," Brown said. While the rest of the country was discovering hip-hop, Brown was helping to make go-go THE official sound of Washington, D.C.
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"Go-go is not hard to play," Brown told the National Visionary Leadership Project's oral history archive in 2009. "If you got rhythm and you got the feel and the desire to play this music, you don't have to have a lot of experience."
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Brown became a fixture at events in the nation's capitol. Here, he greets members of the Washington Redskins Marching Band before a game in 2010.
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On Wednesday night, fans gathered to celebrate Brown's life outside the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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INSKEEP: Berkshire Hathaway has bought 10 million shares of General Motors. The company owned by the billionaire investor Warren Buffett spent just over $200 million for that stake in GM. It is the first time Berkshire has invested in an American automaker.
In North Carolina, now this could be the last day of testimony in the John Edwards trial. At a federal courthouse, the former presidential candidate is being tried on six counts of campaign finance violations. Prosecutors say Edwards used nearly a million dollars to conceal an affair and hide the child he fathered with a mistress. The defense says Edwards wasn't fully aware of the cover-up and that any money connected with it did not come from campaign contributions.
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A new international terminal opens today at the Atlanta Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson International is already the busiest airport in the world. And the new terminal reflects a big by the business capital of the South to become a bigger global player. Georgia wants to attract more international business. NPR's Kathy Lohr has the story.
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And the Republican primary started with a pattern that has become familiar. The leading candidate was backed by traditional Republican leaders but was challenged by another candidate with Tea Party support and a lot of outside money.
INSKEEP: It became a fierce campaign, but here's where the pattern was broken. Neither contender won.