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Lead singer of the band ‘Hot Chocolate’, Errol Brown has died. He was 71 years old. His manager Phil Dale confirmed Brown passed away Wednesday in Bahamas from liver cancer.
Known for great hits including “ You Sexy Thing”, It Started with a Kiss and Every 1s a Winner, he began his musical career in 1969. In a BBC Breakfast interview Brown said he and some friends sent their own reggae version of ‘Give Peace a Chance’ to its writer John Lennon.
A week later he got a call from Lennon approving it and offering to sign the band to the Apple record label- and that’s how it all began. Hot Chocolate’s biggest hit “You Sexy Thing” was a top ten hit in the 1970s and 80s and then charted again, in the UK when it was featured in the hit comedy film “ The Full Monty” in 1997.
The group has at least one hit song every year between 1970 and 1984, making them the only group in the UK to have a hit for 15 consecutive years. They even played at Charles and Diana’s pre-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.
Brown was made an MBE – Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2003 and the following year he received an Ivor Novello Award for his outstanding contribution to British music.
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