Profil:
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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Hot Chocolate - The Most Collection Volume 2 illustration d'album Various Love Is Life et 1 de plus… Various - The Most Collection Volume 2 (Comp) Music For Pleasure UK 1971 Vendre cette version
5C 048.51799 Hot Chocolate - The Most Collection Volume 1 illustration d'album Various You Could've Been A Lady Various - The Most Collection Volume 1(LP, Comp) Emidisc (2) 5C 048.51799 UK 1971 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - RAK Rocks illustration d'album Various Could Have Been A Lady et 1 de plus… Various - RAK Rocks (Comp) RAK, RAK Belgium 1973 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - 20 Power Hits illustration d'album Various Brother Louie Various - 20 Power Hits (Comp) K-Tel, K-Tel UK 1973 Vendre cette version
SP 273 Hot Chocolate - Spécial Promotion illustration d'album Various I Want To Be Free Various - Spécial Promotion(LP, Comp, Promo) Pathé Marconi EMI SP 273 France 1973 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Dynamite illustration d'album Various Rumours Various - Dynamite (Comp) K-Tel UK 1974 Vendre cette version
I H D 100474 Hot Chocolate - Interhit Discothek Issue No. 4/74 illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Interhit Discothek Issue No. 4/74(Cass, Comp) Interhit Inc. S. A. I H D 100474 UK & Europe 1974 Vendre cette version
SHZE 414 Hot Chocolate - Rak Rocks illustration d'album Various Brother Louie Various - Rak Rocks(LP, Comp) HÖR ZU SHZE 414 Germany 1974 Vendre cette version
SLEMC-552 Hot Chocolate - Década De Hits Internacionales 1964 1974 illustration d'album Various Hermano Luis = Brother Louie Various - Década De Hits Internacionales 1964 1974(3xLP, Comp) EMI SLEMC-552 Mexico 1974 Vendre cette version
MFP 54562 Hot Chocolate - Springbok Hit Parade 16 illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Springbok Hit Parade 16(LP, Comp) Music For Pleasure MFP 54562 Mozambique 1974 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - K-Tel's 40 Super Greats illustration d'album Various Emma Various - K-Tel's 40 Super Greats (Comp) K-Tel UK 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Superhits Of The Superstars illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Superhits Of The Superstars (Comp) K-Tel US 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Superstars illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Superstars (Comp, Album) K-tel Canada 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Disco Mania illustration d'album Various Disco Queen Various - Disco Mania (Comp) K-Tel US 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Power Hits illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Power Hits (Comp) K-Tel Germany 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Hit Explosion illustration d'album Various Cheri Babe Various - Hit Explosion (Comp) EMI, EMI Belgium 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Far Out illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Far Out (Comp, Album) Ronco, Ronco Canada 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Music Express illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - Music Express (Comp) K-Tel UK 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - K-Tel's 40 Super Greats illustration d'album Various Emma Various - K-Tel's 40 Super Greats (Comp) K-tel Germany 1975 Vendre cette version
Hot Chocolate - Disco Rock illustration d'album Various Disco Queen Various - Disco Rock (Comp) K-Tel Canada 1975 Vendre cette version
ETOP-1005 Hot Chocolate - Eny 16 Best Hit Songs No. 5 illustration d'album Various Disco Queen Various - Eny 16 Best Hit Songs No. 5(LP, Comp, Unofficial) Eny ETOP-1005 Taiwan 1975 Vendre cette version
SL-115 Hot Chocolate - 6KY Rock Steady illustration d'album Various Emma Various - 6KY Rock Steady(LP, Comp) His Master's Voice SL-115 Australia 1975 Vendre cette version
1C 058-97 141 Hot Chocolate - Rak Hits Vol. 1 illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing et 1 de plus… Various - Rak Hits Vol. 1(LP, Comp) RAK, EMI Electrola 1C 058-97 141 Germany 1975 Vendre cette version
4C052-9717 Hot Chocolate - Rak Hits Vol. 1 illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing et 1 de plus… Various - Rak Hits Vol. 1(LP, Comp) EMI Electrola 4C052-9717 Belgium 1975 Vendre cette version
TC 227-2 Hot Chocolate - Superstars Volume 2 illustration d'album Various Emma Various - Superstars Volume 2(LP, Comp) K-tel TC 227-2 Canada 1975 Vendre cette version