A GoFundMe account has been established to defray the funeral expenses of Sam “The Man” Burns, a seminal Washington DC-area DJ who passed away last week.
Burns – a peer of Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and other pioneers of house music and DJing itself – has been in the industry since the late 1970s as a (then underage) doorman at Chapter II nightclub. He later filled in as a replacement DJ and became one of the most influential and most beloved figures in the Mid-Atlantic scene.
Bruce C.T. Wright at newsone.com reports the outpouring of remembrances for Burns from local figures and media that profiled him over the years. Another group of pioneers, the Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs, called him “father of the house music scene in Washington, DC.”:
We’re heartbroken over the loss of our turntable brother, Sam "The Man" Burns & send our deepest condolences to all who love him. As the father of the House Music scene in Washington, D.C., his contributions to the culture & genuine good nature will never been forgotten. pic.twitter.com/UBfp3Iso8u
— The Chosen Few DJs™ (@Chosen_Few_DJS) March 7, 2020
Chris Richards of the Washington Post broke the news in a tweet and wrote in an obituary published this morning that “the breadth of Burns’s vision touched generations of local party people who were shocked to learn on Saturday that the legendary DJ had died at age 63. On social media, they swapped memories from the clubs where they had danced to his sumptuous sets, creating a historical map of the city’s nightlife: Chapter II, the Roxy, the Ritz, Tracks, the Insect Club, State of the Union, Red, Dragonfly, 18th Street Lounge, U Street Music Hall.”
A GoFundMe (which was originally for separate circumstances) has been changed to raise funeral expenses and support Burns’ survivors. Our deepest condolences to those who knew and loved him.
Photo: The Chosen Few on Twitter.