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RIP Errol Brown (1943-2015)

Hot Chocolate Frontman Errol Brown Passes At Age 71

Hot Chocolate Frontman Errol Brown Passes At Age 71

Errol Brown, lead singer of Hot Chocolate, died yesterday at the age of 71 in his home in the Bahamas after a long bout with liver cancer. The Kingston-born, UK-bred singer’s pungent mid-range croon has been prominently featured on early disco classics like “You Sexy Thing” and the soul standard “Brother Louie,” now enjoying a second wind as the all-too-proper theme song for Louis CK‘s hit series Louie. Brown first came on the scene when he sent John Lennon a take on “Give Peace A Chance” hoping to be granted permission to change the lyrics, which led to the song being released through the Beatles-founded Apple Records. In the years following Hot Chocolate’s success, Brown led a solo career, striking gold with the club-certified single “Body Rocking,” which was produced by sampling pioneer Richard James Burgess. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a legacy of uplifting numbers that have been embraced by the masses and the charts over a near 50 year run of writing and touring across the world. So here’s to the man that taught us to believe in miracles. Rest in power, Errol Brown.



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