|Birth name||Lester Errol Brown|
12 November 1948 |
|Labels||RAK Records, Emi Records, WEA|
Errol Brown MBE (born Lester Errol Brown, 12 November 1948) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of Hot Chocolate. He has British citizenship by marriage to Ginette and they live in The Bahamas. Hot Chocolate's hits included "You Sexy Thing", "So You Win Again" and "Brother Louie".
In 2003 Brown was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to popular music for the United Kingdom. In 2004 he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.
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 with Lennon's permission he sent a copy to his record label, Apple, and the song was released with Lennon's approval.
The Hot Chocolate albums were produced by Mickie Most and recorded at the RAK Records studio. Brown has 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.
- 1987 "Personal Touch" - WEA YZ 130 (UK No.25)
- 1987 "Body Rocking" - WEA YZ 162 (UK No.51)
- 1988 "Maya" - WEA YZ 313
- 1989 "Love Goes Up and Down"
- 1990 "Send a Prayer (To Heaven)"
- 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) 1
- 2001 "Still Sexy (Yes U Are)" - Universal 158940
- 2001 "Heaven's In the Back Seat of My Cadillac"
- 2002 "I Love You Everyday" - Universal 0157592
- 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)
- "Biography for Errol Brown". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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- "Gainsay | Record By Race Type". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- ChartArchive - Errol Brown (Link redirected to OCC website)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 81. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.