22 august 1968 & happy birthyday chuck brown
#OTD 22 August 1968 Chuck Brown celebrated his 32nd birthday today. In 1968, he was a popular musician, playing at clubs and events around the city, with one of the first incarnations of the Soul Searchers. Circa 1965-1966, he was a guitarist for Los Latinos, a group of Latinx musicians who played "Latin Music," Top 40 and loved funk. Chuck Brown credits Los Latinos with introducing him to the power of percussion instruments.
"It began to be continuous when I started dealing with the percussion. I left a group, the Los Latinos. I had been playing with them for a while. They were a Latin group that preferred funk. They gave me the idea of the percussion (bridge). Between songs, bands used to stop and go into another song or talk to the audience. That was way back in 1964-1965. I put my group together in '66 we rehearsed for about six months before we played anywhere and then we started playing in '67." [From The Beat, p. 76]
The band Chuck Brown refers to in the above quote was the Soul Searchers, which would later be reconfigured as Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, best known for developing a sound and approach to music and culture that became go-go.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you, family members or neighbors remember Chuck Brown from 1968? Do you remember the early Soul Searchers? Do you remember Los Latinos? Where did you see them play? Do you have photographs, programs, tickets, posters, etc? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Marya McQuirter Collection. c1990. I thank Thomas Sayers Ellis for getting Chuck Brown's signature and the signatures of his family. I retrieved this poster from a tree or building!
Kate Hammond, "Chuck Brown. The Life. The Legacy. The Love," TMOTTGOGO 18 May 2012. Go here to see a great photo of Chuck Brown.
Kip Lornell and Charles G. Stephenson, Jr. The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, DC 2009.
Listen to interview with Kevin Coombe, founder of DC Soul Recordings, an archive of music from the 1960s and 1970s. Check out @dcsoulrecordings on Instagram & FB
Jacqueline Trescott, "Bringing It On Home: Singer Chuck Brown 'There' After 11 Years," Washington Post 22 March 1979. This article dates Los Latinos and first Soul Searchers in 1968.