Errol Brown

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Errol Brown
MBE
Birth name Lester Errol Brown
Born 11 December 1943
Kingston, Jamaica
Died 6 May 2015(2015-05-06) (aged 71)
The Bahamas
Genres Pop
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–2015
Labels
Associated acts Hot Chocolate
Website www.errolbrown.com

Lester Errol Brown MBE (11 December 1943[1][2][3] – 6 May 2015) was a British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate. Hot Chocolate's hits included "You Sexy Thing", "Emma", "So You Win Again" and "Brother Louie".

Career[edit]

Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to the UK when he was twelve years old. His break in music came in 1969 when he recorded a version of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" with some friends. Unable to change the lyrics without Lennon's permission, he sent a copy to his record label, Apple, and the song was released with Lennon's approval.[4]

The Hot Chocolate albums were produced by Mickie Most and recorded at the RAK Records studio. Brown had a solo career since the 1980s, and achieved music success in the clubs with the 1987 single "Body Rocking", produced by Richard James Burgess.

Brown was a supporter of the Conservative Party and performed at a party conference in the 1980s.[5] In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception following the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace.[6]

Brown owned National Hunt horses, including Gainsay.[7]

Recognition[edit]

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II named Brown a Member of the Order of the British Empire for "services to popular music for the United Kingdom".[8][9] In 2004 he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.[5]

Death[edit]

Brown died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas on 6 May 2015.[9] He is survived by his wife Ginette and his two daughters, Colette and Leonie.[10]

Discography[edit]

For Hot Chocolate's discography, see Hot Chocolate (band).

Solo singles[edit]

  • 1987 "Personal Touch" – WEA YZ 130 (UK No.25)[11]
  • 1987 "Body Rocking" – WEA YZ 162 (UK No.51)[11]
  • 1988 "Maya" – WEA YZ 313
  • 1989 "Love Goes Up and Down" (UK No.89)[11]
  • 1990 "Send a Prayer (To Heaven)" (UK No.83)[11]
  • 1992 "This Time It's Forever" – East West 4509-90064 (Germany No.26)
  • 1992 "Secret Rendezvous" – East West 4509-90913
  • 1993 "Emmalene (That's No Lie)" – East West 4509-92322
  • 1996 "Ain't No Love in This" – East West 0630-13951
  • 1996 "Change the People's Hearts" – East West 0630-16898
  • 1998 "It Started With A Kiss" – EMI CDHOT 101 (UK No.18) [11]
  • 2001 "Still Sexy (Yes U Are)" – Universal 158940 (UK No.85) [11]
  • 2001 "Heaven's In the Back Seat of My Cadillac"
  • 2002 "I Love You Everyday" – Universal 0157592

1 – Credited to Hot Chocolate featuring Errol Brown [12][13]

Albums[edit]

  • 1989 That's How Love Is – WEA 243 925
  • 1992 Secret Rendezvous – East West 4509-90688
  • 1996 Love In This – East West 0630-15260
  • 2001 Still Sexy — The Album – Universal Music TV 138162 (UK No.44)[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (6 May 2015). "Errol Brown, ‘You Sexy Thing’ Singer, Dies at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Betts, Graham (2006). Complete UK hit singles 1952–2006. London: Collins. p. 119. ISBN 9780007200771. 
  3. ^ Larkin (ed.), Colin (2011). The encyclopedia of popular music (5th concise ed. ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 162. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  4. ^ "Errol Brown". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies, aged 71". The Guardian. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "ERROL BROWN: A Fondent Farewell". Bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gainsay | Record By Race Type". Racing Post. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Solo Singles and Albums by Errol Brown". ErrolBrown.com. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dies". Sky News. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Errol Brown". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "ERROL BROWN". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 81. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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