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Hot Chocolate

The multidimensional Hot Chocolate incorporated strains of soul, rock, reggae, and disco into their sound and, during the '70s and early '80s, scored a dozen Top 10 hits in their native U.K. Formed by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson, the interracial band debuted in 1969 as Hot Chocolate Band with a cover of Plastic Ono Band's "Give Peace a Chance," issued on the Beatles' Apple Records. The band then forged a long-term alliance with producer Mickie Most and his RAK label, for which Brown and Wilson also wrote material for other artists. From 1970 through 1973, Hot Chocolate released seven singles. "Love Is Life" and "I Believe (In Love)" were Top 10 U.K. hits, as was "Brother Louie," a bleak tale regarding an interracial relationship. A cover version, shrewdly recorded by Stories, went to number one in the U.S.

Although Hot Chocolate were active for several years strictly as a singles act, they released eight albums during the mid- to late '70s and early '80s. Cicero Park (1974) trailed "Brother Louie" and continued to explore themes of race and class. It's regarded as the band's most significant artistic statement. Highlight "Emma," in which the subject struggles to find fame and commits suicide, was an additional Top 10 U.K. single, and it reached the same level in the U.S. Hot Chocolate (1975) was propelled by the funkier "You Sexy Thing," yet another A-side that reached the Top 10 of the U.K. and U.S. pop charts. The band finally reached the absolute top in their homeland with "So You Win Again," a relaxed, resigned disco number from Every 1's a Winner (1978). Around this time, Wilson juggled a solo career on the Bearsville label.

The band split in 1986, but a different lineup featuring neither Brown nor Wilson took shape early the following decade. Versions of Hot Chocolate performed and toured through the 2010s. Brown, who had released a handful of major-label solo albums, died of liver cancer in 2015. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Every 1's A Winner: The Very Best Of Hot Chocolate

1. You Sexy Thing

2. It Started With A Kiss

3. Brother Louie

4. Girl Crazy

5. So You Win Again

6. Put Your Love In Me

7. Love Is Life

8. I'll Put You Together Again

9. No Doubt About It

10. Every 1's A Winner

11. Emma

12. I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)

14. Disco Queen

15. Don't Stop It Now

16. A Child's Prayer

18. I Believe (In Love)

19. Are You Getting Enough Happiness

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Track List: Hot Chocolate

1. Ain't That A Groove

2. So Dam Funky

3. Sexy Moods Of Your Mind

4. Messin' With Sly

5. We Had True Love

6. What You Want To Do

7. What Should I Do?

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Track List: Everyone's A Winner

1. Every 1's A Winner

3. Chances

4. You Sexy Thing

5. Walking On The Moon

6. No Doubt About It

7. Makin' Music

8. Brother Louie

9. Disco Queen

10. Love Is Life

11. You're A Natural High

12. Rumours

13. You Could've Been A Lady

14. Emotion Explosion

15. Girl Crazy

16. Sex Appeal

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Harvey..... Hot guitarist!!! ! ! ! !
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This song You Sexy Thing reminds me of Danny Terrio from Dance Fever.....lo l .
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Olga/1955 I've always loved this song, but was to lazy to find out who sung the song until now Hot Chocolate. I lived the the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and now 2000's. And do you know I still enjoy listening the song just the way it is. My question is why bands, groups etc... have to change with the times or they will fall into a slump? Okay people enjoy the sounds of the 70's cause funk will never die.

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One of my favorite spngs
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Rest well Errol
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When we had. Sexy things in 70s. No more. Sexy. Things. In. 90s
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RIP Mr. Brown.
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Yes I believe
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Besides being an ... interesting dismissal, the reviewer seems to have forgotten Emmaline, which charted in the top ten as well.
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Love this original version of Brother Louie.
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Best version
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The bomb for real!!! Damn I love funk! Ain't no funk worth funkin to anymore!
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U sexy thing!!!!!!! ! Brenda!!!!! I Miss you!!!
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"More enthusiastic than skilled". Kind of demeaning for a bio don't you think. Funk and soul in my view are the only measure. They had plenty of both..... Bad form!
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These guys... damn how can one not jam to their funk.
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Great jam!!!
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This version is epic
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Heaven was in the back seat of my Chevelle.
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karohubbs
Kiss your left hand say your crushes name 3x close your hand say a school day post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out on that day.
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Dijiste aguijo aquí o.
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Love them. Reminds me of a much nicer time. I loved going to the dance clubs, strutting my stuff, dancing the night away.
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if music died in the 80's? how or why are we on Pandora?
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I Was Just A Child When I Heard These Guys I Loved Them Then And I Still Love These Guys Theres No One Else Like Them
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hadley64660
Music stopped in the 80's...I love to get down and jive with this sound..you dig! I was born with the sounds of Motown, R & B, Soul, Jazz and the Ultimate Funky Music....wit h a little bit of country and rock and roll.
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windman200
good stufffffffff f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f !
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Hot lead guitar!
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everyones a weiner
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hiroko.onish i
one of the most nostalgic sounding songs from my teen years, though back then I did not know what they were singing about...
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I dig this too muuuuuuuch!! ! ! !
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myers45_acp
These guys are STIL hot. I'd love to see and hear them any time.

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