The music industry is grief-stricken. Errol Brown, the lead crooner of Hot Chocolate Band, died peacefully in his home in Bahamas after suffering from liver cancer. By his side to the end was his wife Ginette and daughters, Leonie and Colette. Phil Dale, the manager and close pal of Brown gave the announcement.
In his statement, Dale recalled how Brown loved music. “Errol was a lover of life and obviously music. I never went to his home, car or hotel room without music playing.” Dale added that a lot of people would miss the “Gentle Man” and that “His (Brown) greatest legacy is that his music will live on!”
The music of Brown started when he formed the British Soul group called Hot Chocolate Band or simply Hot Chocolate. Brown created the group in the late sixties with Tony Wilson. The group began with a reggae version of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” Apple Records wasn’t pleased with the version, but Lennon changed everything when he gave his approval.
All in all, pop-disco lovers enjoyed hits from the band for three decades. “You Sexy Thing” was their most crowd-pleasing dance tune, but people enjoyed also the rhythm of “Brother Louie,” “Every 1’s a Winner,” “Love is Life” and a lot more.
In 1986, the Hot Chocolate Band disbanded.
In spite of that, Brown decided to start a solo career. According to Guardian.com, his popularity didn’t skyrocket like that of the band, but people still loved listening to him. And, because his music was well-appreciated, he was awarded the MBE in 2003 and the Ivor Novello Award in 2004.
Meanwhile, the song “You Sexy Thing” was reborn when it was used in the 1997 movie The Full Monty. Consequently, the younger generation got a taste of great music!
The interest in the song also reunited Brown and the Hot Chocolate Band to perform for the last time.
The ‘Farewell Tour’ in 2009 was their last performance together.
Although he was glad about the tour, Brown wasn’t keen on performing on a regular basis again. But he assured “… the music will be there … that won’t go away!”