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Brixton, London, England (1968 – 1987, 1992 – present)

Hot Chocolate was a British pop band (from Brixton, London, England) popular during the 1970s and 1980s, formed by Errol Brown. The act had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984 inclusive, and their song “You Sexy Thing” made the Top 10 in three decades. For a time were even affiliated with The Beatles’ label Apple Records.

Formed circa 1968/69 the original core members included percussionist Patrick Olive, guitarist Franklyn De Allie and drummer Ian King, along with bass player Tony Wilson, pianist Larry Ferguson and with Jamaican born songwriter/vocalist Errol Brown. For Apple, they released a reggae version of “Give Peace A Chance”, and backed Mary Hopkins on “Think About Your Children” before the Apple label dissolved. In 1970, they signed to Rak Records, a label owned by UK producer Mickie Most who had the group compose the final chart hit for Herman’s Hermits. On their own they were to become one of the U.K’s best loved charts groups, with 25 UK top 40 hit singles in their career. Hot Chocolate enjoyed their first UK hit in 1970 with “Love Is Life” followed by many more U.K. Top 10 hits including “I Believe (In Love),” “Brother Louie” (a stateside #-1 for U.S Stories), “A Child’s Prayer,” “Put Your Love In Me,” “No Doubt About It,” “Girl Crazy,” “It Started With A Kiss” and “What Kinda Boy You Looking For (Girl).”
While popular in the U.K, it wasn’t until 1974 that they secured a U.S record deal with Big Tree records, releasing the single “Emma”, and becoming associated with burgeoning disco scene with “Disco Queen.” Their second US album featured “You Sexy Thing” which hit #3 on the US top 40 charts.

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