The Washington Post has confirmed that D.C. go-go pioneer Chuck Brown has passed away from pneumonia at Johns Hopkins University hospital.

He was 75.

Brown’s percussion based sound laid the foundation for Washington D.C.’s signature sound, evident on his hit single “Bustin’ Loose” which spent four weeks atop the R&B charts in 1978. He was recently nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for “Love”, a collaboration between he, singer Jill Scott and bassist Marcus Miller.