Errol Brown (1943-2015)
Errol Brown was the frontman, lyricist and singer of the British band Hot Chocolate. They had massive disco hits in more than 50 countries worldwide including a song which made Top-10 for three decades, ‘You Sexy Thing’.
Lester Errol Brown moved to the UK from Kingston; Jamaica, aged 12 years old in 1955. Brown’s big music break came when his band recorded a reggae version of ‘Give Peace a Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969, which was approved by Lennon himself and got them signed to the Apple record label.
Hot Chocolate went on to release hits such as ‘Emma’, ‘You Sexy Thing’, ‘So You Win Again’ and ‘No Doubt About It’. They also performed at a pre-wedding party for the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana. In 1997 “You Sexy Thing” was re-released by EMI and used in the film The Full Monty.
Brown later was made an MBE by the Queen for his services to pop music in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello Award for his outstanding contributions to British music the year later. He died in 2015 at his home in the Bahamas.
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