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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EMC-8043, EMC 8043 Hot Chocolate - Disco Magic illustration d'album Various Heaven Is The Back Seat Of My Cadillac Various - Disco Magic(LP, Comp, Mixed) EMI, EMI EMC-8043, EMC 8043 Brazil 1976 Vendre cette version
TVLP 79046 Hot Chocolate - Disco Dancing illustration d'album Various Every 1's A Winner Various - Disco Dancing(2xLP, Comp, Mixed) Precision Records TVLP 79046 Canada 1979 Vendre cette version
7C 062-35699 Hot Chocolate - Popeye Presenterar Heta Discovax illustration d'album Various Going Through The Motions Various - Popeye Presenterar Heta Discovax(LP, Comp, Mixed) EMI 7C 062-35699 Sweden 1979 Vendre cette version
TVLP 79046 Hot Chocolate - Disco Dancing illustration d'album Various Every 1's A Winner Various - Disco Dancing(2xLP, Mixed) Precision Records TVLP 79046 Canada 1979 Vendre cette version
BOSP MC12 Hot Chocolate - Disco Mix Special illustration d'album Crispy Chips You Sexy Thing (Extended Replay Mix) Crispy Chips - Disco Mix Special(Cass, Comp, Mixed) EMI BOSP MC12 Netherlands 1987 Vendre cette version
DMC 59/1 Hot Chocolate - December 87 - Mixes 1 illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing (Remix) Various - December 87 - Mixes 1(12", Mixed, Promo) DMC DMC 59/1 UK 1987 Vendre cette version
SR-12-6900 Hot Chocolate - Super - Disco Parade illustration d'album Various Every 1's A Winner Various - Super - Disco Parade(12", Mixed) Sky Records (4) SR-12-6900 US 1987 Vendre cette version
DMC 49/1 Hot Chocolate - February 87 - Mixes 1 illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - February 87 - Mixes 1(12", Mixed) DMC DMC 49/1 UK 1987 Vendre cette version
APRA-FT1 Hot Chocolate - Kriminals "Full Dimension" illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - Kriminals "Full Dimension"(12", Mixed, Unofficial) F.T.R. - First Time Record Tape & Filmworks APRA-FT1 Italy 1987 Vendre cette version
DMC 57/2 Hot Chocolate - October 87 - Mixes 2 illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - October 87 - Mixes 2(12", Mixed) DMC DMC 57/2 UK 1987 Vendre cette version
HH 2001-5 Hot Chocolate - Year Mix Soul Show illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - Year Mix Soul Show(12", Mixed, Unofficial) Hit House HH 2001-5 Netherlands 1988 Vendre cette version
Hot Mix Productions Hot Chocolate - Show #11 illustration d'album Hot Mix Productions You Sexy Thing Hot Mix Productions - Show #11(4xCD, Mixed) ABC Radio Networks Hot Mix Productions US 1992 Vendre cette version
JO-03 Hot Chocolate - Deep Dance 3 + 4 - Starship Countdown illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - Deep Dance 3 + 4 - Starship Countdown(CD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Deep Dance JO-03 Germany 1992 Vendre cette version
781 Hot Chocolate - Megamix'93 illustration d'album Various Cry Little Girl Various - Megamix'93(Cass, Comp, Mixed) Omega Music 781 Poland 1993 Vendre cette version
0004 Hot Mix Productions You Sexy Thing Hot Mix Productions - Retromix Show #4 (93)(CD, Ltd, Mixed, S/Edition) Hot Mix Productions 0004 US 1993 Vendre cette version
DMCD 14 Hot Chocolate - Megamix One illustration d'album Various Every 1's A Winner et 5 de plus… Various - Megamix One(CD, Comp, Mixed) DMC DMCD 14 UK 1993 Vendre cette version
800 Hot Chocolate - Bravo Hits Carnaval '94 illustration d'album Various Cry Little Girl Various - Bravo Hits Carnaval '94(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Omega Music 800 Poland 1994 Vendre cette version
TN - M3 Hot Chocolate - Deep Dance 21 - The Return Of Orca illustration d'album Various Cry Little Girl Various - Deep Dance 21 - The Return Of Orca(CD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Deep Dance TN - M3 Germany 1994 Vendre cette version
DMCD28 Hot Chocolate - Party Monster Jam illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing Various - Party Monster Jam(CD, Mixed) DMC DMCD28 Europe 1996 Vendre cette version
SAMPCD 3551 Hot Chocolate - Todo Funky illustration d'album Various You Sexy Thing (Extended Replay Mix) Various - Todo Funky(CD, Single, Mixed, Promo) CBS/Sony SAMPCD 3551 Spain 1996 Vendre cette version
none Hot Chocolate - Black Box Experience 1 illustration d'album Various Sexy Thing Various - Black Box Experience 1(CD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Partydance Productions none Germany 1998 Vendre cette version
EVAPROMO-CD 16 Hot Chocolate - Absolute Boogie Medley illustration d'album Pierre J You Sexy Thing Pierre J - Absolute Boogie Medley(CD, Mixed, Promo) EVA Records (5) EVAPROMO-CD 16 Sweden 1998 Vendre cette version
none Hot Chocolate - The All Time Classic Summerparty Mix illustration d'album Various Everybody Salsa Various - The All Time Classic Summerparty Mix(CD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Partydance Productions none Germany 1998 Vendre cette version
ZYX 81211-2 Hot Chocolate - Mixed Up - Summerhits Fresh & Cool illustration d'album Various No Doubt About It Various - Mixed Up - Summerhits Fresh & Cool(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) ZYX Music ZYX 81211-2 Germany 1999 Vendre cette version
ENE098, 3630982 Hot Chocolate - Disco Inferno illustration d'album DJ Vitamin S You Sexy Thing DJ Vitamin S - Disco Inferno(CD, Comp, Mixed) Energetic Records, Energetic Records ENE098, 3630982 Switzerland 1999 Vendre cette version