Emma (song)

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"Emma"
Single by Hot Chocolate
from the album Cicero Park
B-side "Makin’ Music (UK) A Love Like Yours (US)"
Released February 25, 1974 (1974-02-25)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 3:52
Label RAK, Big Trees (US)
Songwriter(s) Errol Brown, Tony Wilson
Producer(s) Mickie Most
Hot Chocolate singles chronology
"Rumours"
(1973)
"Emma"
(1974)
"Changing World"
(1974)
"Rumours"
(1973)
"Emma"
(1974)
"Changing World"
(1974)
Music video
"Emma" (TopPop, 1974) on YouTube

"Emma", also known as "Emma, Emmaline" or "Emmeline", is a song by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson released as a single by British soul band Hot Chocolate in 1974. It reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart and number 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. After being asked by producer Mickie Most to add "depth and darkness" to his compositions, Brown wrote the song about the death of his mother.[1]

Plot[edit]

The song details the love of the (nameless) singer and a girl called Emmaline from the age of five, through a wedding at 17 until her suicide at an unspecified later date. Emma it seems wanted to be a "movie queen" but could never find the breaks and eventually kills herself because "I just can't keep on living on dreams no more."

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Magee, Matthew (4 February 2009). "Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown: The accidental superstar". The Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 28 April 2012.