Errol Brown MBE, who had a liver cancer, has died aged 71 at his home in the Bahamas, said his manager Phil Dale.
His musical career began in 1969 when he and some friends sent their own Reggae version of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ to its writer, John Lennon. “We all laughed about it”, Brown told BBC Breakfast in 2009. “Amazingly, a week later I got a call to say John Lennon approved it and wanted to sign the band to the Apple record label – and that’s how we began.” Brown explained they were originally named by a girl working at the record company as The Hot Chocolate Band, which was later shortened. Late record producer and hitmaker Mickie Most signed up Brown and his friend, Tony Wilson, as songwriters towards the end of 1969.
Hot Chocolate, a group put together by Patrick Olive featuring Errol Brown and Tony Wilson who later would leave, happened to be one of the most successful British Disco bands starting from the mid-70’s, scoring hits in more than 50 countries worldwide, including ‘You Sexy Thing’which Brown co-wrote ‘It Started With A Kiss’ and ‘Every 1’s a Winner’.
In 1985, Errol Brown left the band to spend more time with his family. But he made a comeback in the 1990s with two solo UK tours. He was made an MBE by the Queen in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 2004.
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