Man killed in stabbing was a DC go-go music legend

WASHINGTON — A Maryland man who was found in a Southwest house with multiple stab wounds was a go-go music pioneer.

NBC Washington first reported that Rory Felton, known as DC Felton, was a musician who was active in the go-go scene in D.C.

Kato Hammond, of Take me Out to The Go-Go, wrote that Felton was an original member of the band Rare Essence — formed in 1976 — and was also a part of the band Little Benny and the Masters.

D.C. police found 57-year-old Felton inside a house on Forrester Street Southwest near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on Friday around 2 a.m.

He was unconscious, unresponsive and had multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward and ask anyone with information to call 202-645-9600.

Go-go has its origins in D.C. in the 1970s. It was heavily inspired by funk, blues, soul and salsa.


Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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