Hot Chocolate was an English pop band of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s formed by Errol Brown (a Briton who was born in Jamaica). The band were chart regulars throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The act has at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984 and "You Sexy Thing" made the Top 10 in three decades. With their seductive lead singer Errol Brown, Hot Chocolate became as entwined with 1970s pop culture as Star Wars. They were originally named 'The Hot Chocolate Band' by Mavis Smith, who worked for the Apple Corps press office. This was quickly shortened to Hot Chocolate by Mickie Most.
It was in the disco era of the mid-1970s onwards, that Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the Growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Wilson and Brown, and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits like "You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's A Winner", which were major U.S. Hits, peaking at #3 and #6, respectively. After Wilson's departure for a solo career that included a well received album in 1976 I Like Your Style, Brown assumed songwriting duties. Between those two well-loved tracks came Hot Chocolate's only UK chart topper.
Between those two well-loved tracks came Hot Chocolate's only UK chart topper. In 1977, after scoring 15 previous hits, they finally reached Number One with "So You Win Again". Oddly, it was one of the few of their recordings that was not penned, at least partly, by Brown. The track was a Russ Ballard composition.
Whilst their longevity had its highs and lows, they continued well into the 1980s, and clocked up another big hit record: "It Started With A Kiss", in 1982, which reached Number 5 in the UK. In all, the group charted no less than 25 UK Top 40 hit singles.
When Hot Chocolate disbanded in 1986, Errol Brown did not have much solo success, although two of his singles did make the UK Singles Chart - "Personal Touch" and "Body Rockin'". In 2003 Errol Brown received the MBE; and in 2004, the Ivor Novello Award for his contribution to British music. [wikipedia]