WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- As we've been hearing over the past 24 hours, Chuck Brown was known to generations of Washington music fans as the godfather of Go-go.
But one day after Chuck's death, a lot of people are remembering the godfather more as a father figure. People like Bryan Mills, Chuck's long-time piano and saxophone player, who says Chuck taught him as much about living a good life as he did about playing good music.
"I've just learned a lot of things from him. What things you should do and not to do, and just overall he was a great teacher," Mills said.
Chucky Thompson tells a similar story. A native Washingtonian, Thompson was just 16 when he first met Chuck Brown. Thompson went on to play in Chuck's band and then produced Chuck's Grammy-nominated album. Thompson says he'll always remember Chuck as an incredible performer, but also an unbelievable friend and remarkably devoted family man.
"Great father, grandfather, and loving husband. He loved his family. He couldn't wait to get offstage to get home. So it was always good with him. Always," Thompson said.