Errol Brown

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Errol Brown
MBE
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Errol Brown during a show in 1998
Background information
Birth name Lester Errol Brown
Born 12 November 1943
Kingston, Jamaica
Died 6 May 2015(2015-05-06) (aged 71)
The Bahamas
Genres Funk, pop, disco, R&B[1]
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–2015
Labels
Associated acts Hot Chocolate
Website www.errolbrown.com

Lester Errol Brown MBE (12 November 1943[2][3][4] – 6 May 2015) was a British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate.

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 a band called "Hot Chocolate Band". 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.[5]

The Hot Chocolate albums were produced by Mickie Most and recorded at the Rak Records studio. Brown left the group in 1985 to take a hiatus from music.[6][7] He soon went on to have a solo career, achieving success in the clubs with the 1987 single "Body Rocking", produced by Richard James Burgess.[8]

Brown was a supporter of the Conservative Party and performed at a party conference in the 1980s.[9] In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception following the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace.[10]

Brown owned National Hunt horses, including Gainsay.[11]

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".[12][13] In 2004 he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.[9]

Death[edit]

Brown died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas on 6 May 2015.[13] He is survived by his wife Ginette and his two daughters, Colette and Leonie.[14]

Discography[edit]

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

Solo singles[edit]

  • 1987 "Personal Touch" – WEA YZ 130 (UK No.25)[15]
  • 1987 "Body Rocking" – WEA YZ 162 (UK No.51)[15]
  • 1988 "Maya" – WEA YZ 313
  • 1989 "Love Goes Up and Down" (UK No.89)[15]
  • 1990 "Send a Prayer (To Heaven)" (UK No.83)[15]
  • 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"1 – EMI CDHOT 101 (UK No.18)[15]
  • 2001 "Still Sexy (Yes U Are)" – Universal 158940 (UK No.85)[15]
  • 2001 "Heaven's In the Back Seat of My Cadillac"
  • 2002 "I Love You Everyday" – Universal 0157592

1Credited to Hot Chocolate featuring Errol Brown [16][17]

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)[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (6 May 2015). "Errol Brown, 'You Sexy Thing' Singer, Dies at 71". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2006). Complete UK hit singles 1952–2006. London: Collins. p. 119. ISBN 9780007200771. 
  4. ^ Larkin (ed.), Colin (2011). The encyclopedia of popular music (5th concise ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. 162. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  5. ^ "Errol Brown". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71". Rolling Stone. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Errol Brown obituary". The Guardian. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Errol Brown Dead: Hot Chocolate Frontman Dies Aged 71 After Suffering From Liver Cancer". Huffington Post. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies, aged 71". The Guardian. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "ERROL BROWN: A Fondent Farewell". Bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gainsay | Record By Race Type". Racing Post. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Solo Singles and Albums by Errol Brown". ErrolBrown.com. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dies". Sky News. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Errol Brown". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "ERROL BROWN". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  17. ^ 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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