Hot Chocolate

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Hot Chocolate formed in Brixton, London, England. Members of the group around Errol Brown included Tony Connor, Larry Ferguson, Harvey Hinsley, Derek Lewis, Pat Olive and Tony Wilson.
In 1969 while demoing a slight reggae version of the John Lennon song "Give Peace A Chance" with a group of friends, Errol Brown changed the lyrics of the number but he was informed that he could not change Lennon's song without his permission! So a copy of the demo was sent to the Beatles record label, 'Apple', with fingers crossed. Amazingly John Lennon loved the version and it was released on the 'Apple' label. Errol and his friends were given the name, 'The Hot Chocolate Band', a name thought up by a secretary at the company but which the band later changed to 'Hot Chocolate'.
Towards the end of 1969 Mickie Most signed Errol and the cofounder of the group, Tony Wilson as writers and recorded their songs with Mary Hopkins, Julie Felix and Herman's Hermits before encouraging them to come up with a song for themselves. In 1970 'Hot Chocolate', with Errol Brown as lead singer released their first record entitled, "Love Is Life" which reached number 6 in the charts. This was the start of a fifteen year career for the group who amassed a total of over 30 hits and also became the only group in the UK to have a hit for fifteen consecutive years. Brown's bald headed charismatic image and unique voice being the central focus of the group along with a great song writing talent that saw him pen such pop classics as, "It Started With A Kiss","You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's A Winner".
In 1981 'Hot Chocolate' had the honour of being invited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana at their pre-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace which was attended by heads of Government and many members of European Royalty.
In 1985 Errol left the band and took time out to spend more time with his wife and then young children, resurfacing in 1990 and 1993 to embark on successful solo tours of the UK. He helped with the promotion of the classic single "You Sexy Thing" which was featured in the movie 'The Full Monty' and re-released by EMI Records in 1997. A new Hot Chocolate 'Greatest Hits' compilation released in October 1997 reached number 10 in the album charts the next month. Errol also performed live on 'Top Of The Pops' as the single reached the number 6 position. Hot Chocolate hit the charts again in February 1998 when EMI reissued the single, "It Started With A Kiss" and appeared on TOTP again.
The same year Errol completed a sell out 58 date UK tour, which included an outstanding performance at the London Palladium in May. July 98 saw Errol on an extensive promotion tour of concerts, television/radio and media appearances throughout Germany having topped the bill at The Frankfurt Festival where he played to an audience of over 300,000. In 1999 Errol embarked on a very successful tour across the UK of 69 concerts. In the Queen's birthday honours list of June 2003 Errol was awarded an MBE by the Queen for "services to popular music". The investiture took place on Nov 27th 2003.
Errol stated - "I would like to say how very proud and moved I was to be honoured with an MBE". In 2004 Errol received the Ivor Novello award.
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Albums

SRAK 507 Hot Chocolate - Cicero Park album art Hot Chocolate Cicero Park (Album, Comp) RAK, RAK SRAK 507 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
BT 89512 Hot Chocolate - Hot Chocolate album art Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate (Album) RAK, RAK BT 89512 US 1975 Sell This Version
8352, 0C 062 o 97919 Hot Chocolate - Man To Man album art Hot Chocolate Man To Man (Album) RAK, RAK 8352, 0C 062 o 97919 Argentina 1976 Sell This Version
SRAK 531, 0C 062-60 499 Hot Chocolate - Every 1's A Winner album art Hot Chocolate Every 1's A Winner (Album) RAK, RAK SRAK 531, 0C 062-60 499 Malaysia 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068-62915 Hot Chocolate - Going Through The Motions album art Hot Chocolate Going Through The Motions (Album) RAK, EMI Electrola 2C 068-62915 France 1979 Sell This Version
SRAK 543, OC 062-64 174 Hot Chocolate - Class album art Hot Chocolate Class (Album) RAK, RAK SRAK 543, OC 062-64 174 UK 1980 Sell This Version
1A 264-64933 Hot Chocolate - Mystery album art Hot Chocolate Mystery (Album) RAK, RAK 1A 264-64933 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
RL 2-3 Hot Chocolate - Kissing To Be Clever / Mystery album art Culture Club / Hot Chocolate Culture Club / Hot Chocolate - Kissing To Be Clever / Mystery(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 2-3 US 1982 Sell This Version
1C 264 1653834 Hot Chocolate - Love Shot album art Hot Chocolate Love Shot (Album) RAK 1C 264 1653834 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
CN 4141/S Hot Chocolate - In Concert-297 album art Blancmange / Hot Chocolate Blancmange / Hot Chocolate - In Concert-297(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4141/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
1C 064-74 8056 1, 74 805 61 Hot Chocolate - 2001 album art Hot Chocolate 2001 (Album) EMI, EMI 1C 064-74 8056 1, 74 805 61 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
521 021-4 Hot Chocolate - Strictly Dance album art Hot Chocolate Strictly Dance (Album) Polydor 521 021-4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
199505-2 Hot Chocolate - 18 Top-Hits album art Hot Chocolate Featuring Errol Brown Hot Chocolate Featuring Errol Brown - 18 Top-Hits(CD) Prince Records (11) 199505-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
7243 4 95389 2 4 Hot Chocolate - The Sexy Hit-Mix album art Hot Chocolate The Sexy Hit-Mix(CD, Album) EMI, EMI Electrola 7243 4 95389 2 4 Germany 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1812 Hot Chocolate - Give Peace A Chance album art Hot Chocolate Band* Give Peace A Chance (Single) Apple Records 1812 US 1969 Sell This Version
2C 006-91705 M Hot Chocolate - Love Is Life album art Hot Chocolate Love Is Life (Single) RAK 2C 006-91705 M France 1970 Sell This Version
EAC-1037 Hot Chocolate - Love Is Life album art Hot Chocolate Love Is Life(7", Single) Columbia, EMI EAC-1037 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1970 Sell This Version
ZS7 4503 Hot Chocolate - You Could've Been A Lady album art Hot Chocolate You Could've Been A Lady (Single) RAK ZS7 4503 US 1971 Sell This Version
4E 006-92811 M Hot Chocolate - I Believe (In Love) album art Hot Chocolate I Believe (In Love) (Single) RAK 4E 006-92811 M Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
RAK 127 Hot Chocolate - Mary-Anne album art Hot Chocolate Mary-Anne (Single) RAK RAK 127 UK 1972 Sell This Version
3 C006-93750 Hot Chocolate - You'll Always Be A Friend album art Hot Chocolate You'll Always Be A Friend (Single) RAK 3 C006-93750 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
45,390 Hot Chocolate - Rumours album art Hot Chocolate Rumours (Single) RAK 45,390 US 1973 Sell This Version
S7l-3364 Hot Chocolate - Brother Louie album art Hot Chocolate Brother Louie (Single) RAK S7l-3364 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
RAK.174 Hot Chocolate - Changing World  album art Hot Chocolate Changing World (Single) RAK RAK.174 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
RAK-10680 Hot Chocolate - Cheri Babe album art Hot Chocolate Cheri Babe (Single) RAK RAK-10680 Australia 1974 Sell This Version