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Local news: Little Benny funeral on Friday

lil benny The funeral for local go-go great Little Benny will be on Friday. (Thomas Sayers Ellis)

By Sarah Godfrey

Funeral services for Anthony "Little Benny" Harley will take place this Friday, June 11, at the Washington Convention Center. Harley, a go-go legend who played with Rare Essence, Proper Utensils, Chuck Brown, and Little Benny and the Masters died May 30. Harley's body will lie in repose at the Convention Center beginning at 9 a.m.; services begin at 11 a.m.

Tributes to Harley continue. On June 19, Chuck Brown and Sugar Bear of E.U. will honor Harley at a concert celebrating the start of the Goodman League season, at U Street's Masonic Temple at 1000 U St. N.W.

DJ Gemini of 93.9 WKYS is circulating a link to a free download Little Benny tribute mix he recently put together. And Kato Hammond of has video from a tribute to Harley that took place at Ballou Senior High school last week.

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 9, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Anthony Harley, Chuck Brown, Dj Gemini, Little Benny, Sugar Bear  
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It's a shame that the news media has not paid more attention to the death of this local legend. When it comes to go-go, if it doesn't fit the narrative that everything associated with the music is violent then the media ignores it. His bio. would be in the news everyday if he was gunned down outside of a go-go. Some local stations haven't mentioned his death at all. Just shameful.

Posted by: loved1 | June 10, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

During the most horrific time of my life (my father's funeral) as I was leaving someone tugged my arm; it was Benny. He asked if Robert Lee was my dad and said "although I didn't kow him well, I knew he was a cool dude; your uncle told me. You have my sympathies." Then he hugged me so tightly that I knew he understood my pain. So besides him being the Go-Go Phenom that everyone knew and loved, he was a good person with a tender heart. That's the Benny I'll miss. The compassion I felt that day had to be a part of a big hearted person. My prayers are with the family it is such a great loss.

Posted by: robin_lashawn | June 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

loved1 I agree they said 2 words when he passed and a few more words to announce his funeral. And I think I saw one story covering the actual funeral. That was just like a 1 minute piece. I think of Benny as an icon and more deserving than what he received from the local media. The WAPO had the most coverage about his passing.

Posted by: enewton | June 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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