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Soul Singer Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

As reported by the BBC and other UK media outlets this morning Errol Brown - the lead singer with the popular UK-based soul group Hot Chocolate - has died from liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. He was 71.

Errol Brown's powerful voice drove such Hot Chocolate hits as "You Sexy Thing," "Emma," "It Started with a Kiss," "Brother Louie," and "Every 1's a Winner" during the group's heyday throughout the '70s and up through the middle of the '80s. In fact, Hot Chocolate holds the distinction of being the only group in the UK to have racked up a top 40 hit singles for 15 consecutive years during that time frame (1970 - 1984). Twelve years ago, Errol Brown was made an MBE by the Queen for his contributions to the British music arts. And the following year he received an Ivor Novello award for his "outstanding contribution to British music."



Of all the hits that Brown and Hot Chocolate are associated with, "You Sexy Thing" (which Brown co-wrote) remains their best known song of all, one that had enjoyed a few lifespans. It was a Top 10 hit single in the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, and then again in the 1990s when it appeared in the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Full Monty and on its accompanying soundtrack. Meantime, the Hot Chocolate song perhaps most personal for the Jamaican-born Brown, who moved with his single mother to the UK at the age of 12, was the group's 1974 hit "Emma," which reportedly was written about his mom who died from cancer at the young age of 38 when Brown was only 20 years old. Music videos for both "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing" appear below. 
 
In 2009, Errol Brown performed for the last time at his career farewell tour in the UK. At the time he told the BBC that he was most satisfied with his music career and all he had done in life but was glad that he was officially retired once that tour ended. He told the BBC that even though he would never perform again, "the music will be there, so that won't go away!" Look for Errol Brown/Hot Chocolate releases, such as the 2012 released collection You Sexy Thing: The Best of Hot Chocolate, from Amoeba's online store.
 


Hot Chocolate "Emma" (1974)


Hot Chocolate "You Sexy Thing" (1975)

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