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Charles L. "Chuckie" Bush - Indianapolis native/Musician

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UPDATE: (Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017)– The community will gather with family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 18 to celebrate the life of a native son and one of the founding members of an Indianapolis R&B band that launched musical legends.

A viewing for musician/vocalist Charles “Chuckie” Bush, II will be held at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, according to his family, at 3 p.m. on Saturday with a funeral at 4 p.m.


Bush was a celebrated second-generation professional musician who was a beloved member of Naptown’s own “Manchild“–the band that launched Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds onto the professional music scene. Bush died in his sleep on Feb. 6 in his Las Vegas home. He was currently playing keyboards in-residency with R&B/Funk band “Cameo.”

The Indianapolis music community is invited to come and participate in a mass choir at Bush’s homegoing celebration.

The church is located at 4900 East 38th Street in Indianapolis. Bishop Lambert W. Gates, Sr. serves as Senior Pastor.

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Famed musician/singer and musical prodigy Charles “Chuckie” Bush, II, died suddenly in Las Vegas at the age of 59. Bush was a founding member of the beloved Indianapolis-based 1970’s R&B/Soul band, “Manchild,” that birthed and launched entertainment legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and others onto the music scene. Bush was found in his home by police who were performing a welfare check on him on Monday, after members of the R&B/Funk band “Cameo” reported that he didn’t show up to do a regularly scheduled performance. According to his family members, Bush died in his sleep. The talented keyboardist and Indianapolis native was the son of local music legend parents–the late-Chuck Bush, a popular saxophonist who often played on Indiana Avenue during its heyday and his wife, the late-jazz and gospel vocalist Aretta LaMarre “Mother Love” Bush.

“Manchild” recorded two popular studio albums, “Power and Love” and “Feel the Phuff.” Bush wrote the breakthrough hit that appeared on the “Power and Love” album entitled “Especially for You,” which remains a fan favorite to this day.

At the time of his death, Bush, was performing in-residency with “Cameo” playing keyboards for the group at Westgate Las Vegas Casino & Resort.

Bush’s memorial arrangements are pending.

Take a walk back down memory lane (below) and listen to a song that WTLC-FM wore the grooves off of by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Reggie Griffin, Anthony Johnson, Kevin “Flash” Ferrell, Robert Parson and Chuckie Bush–all the members of ‘Naptown’s’ own…”Manchild.”


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