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7.5.15

Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died aged 71, his manager has said. Brown had liver cancer and died at his home in the Bahamas, said Phil Dale.

 

Hot Chocolate had hits in more than 50 countries worldwide, including You Sexy Thing - which Brown co-wrote - It Started with a Kiss and Every 1's a Winner.

 

Brown was made an MBE by the Queen in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 2004. You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate's best-known hit and a top 10 single in the 1970s and '80s, charted again in the UK when it was featured in The Full Monty in 1997. Brown was born in Jamaica but moved to the UK with his mother when he was 12.

 

His musical career began in 1969 when he and some friends sent their own reggae version of Give Peace a Chance to its writer John Lennon. Brown said they were originally named by a girl working at the record company as The Hot Chocolate Band, which was later shortened. 

 

Late record producer and hitmaker Mickie Most signed up Brown and his friend Tony Wilson as songwriters towards the end of 1969, championing Brown's writing and singing.

 

He recorded their songs with Mary Hopkins, Julie Felix and Herman's Hermits. Hot Chocolate released their first single Love is Life in 1970 and the song went to number six in the charts.

 

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The group had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984, making Hot Chocolate the only group in the UK to have a hit for 15 consecutive years.

In 1985, Brown left the band to spend more time with his family. But he made a comeback in the 1990s with two solo UK tours.

 

Brown embarked on a farewell tour in 2009, telling BBC Breakfast he had "done all [he] wanted to do".

"I'm getting a little older now, you know," he went on. "It's hard to pack the suitcase and get back on the road again. (FraM Martins). 

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