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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
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 ONE'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: 'YOU SEXY THING' which is a major part of the movie
'The Full Monty' released by EMI Records in 1997.'A 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 number 6 position. Errol hit the
charts again in February 1998 when EMI released the single, 'IT STARTED
WITH A KISS' and appeared on TOTP again. 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. Most recently you would have seen Errol
starring in the highly successful new television and cinema campaign
for Cadbury's 'Highlights' which was filmed on Location in Prague at
the end of the year.
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 I was
awarded an MBE by the Queen for my services to popular music. In May of
2004 I was presented with the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding
contribution to British Music.
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