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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, Rovi
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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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