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Errol Brown
Errol Brown: A 35 year career capped with an MBE
As the front man of Hot Chocolate, Errol Brown had a string of hits in the 1970s including 'It Started with a Kiss' and 'Everyone's a Winner'

The band's success continued for 15 years, but front man Brown was never out of the limelight.

And as Brown's repertoire grew, so did his success in another medium.

  • More than three decades in the music business hasn't lessened Errol Brown's enthusiasm and now he's back with a tour of the UK and the Republic of Ireland

  • Errol was Tuesday's Breakfast special guest

    Early days

    In 1969 Errol Brown was experimenting with the John Lennon track 'Give Peace a Chance' - but changes to the lyrics had to be approved by Lennon himself.

    When he heard the track, he was so impressed that Lennon released it on his Apple label.

    By the end of 1969, Errol and Hot Chocolate's co-founder had been snapped up by Micki Most and within a year, they released their first single 'Love is Life' which reached number six in the UK charts.

    A phenomenal 30 thirty hit singles followed - who could forget the likes of 'You Sexy Thing', 'Everyone's a Winner' and 'It Started With a Kiss'?

    Popularity

    Errol Brown with Hot chocolate
    Errol with Hot Chocolate on Top of the Pops in 1980

    Such has been the appeal of Brown's work with Hot Chocolate, that 'You Sexy Thing' has been repeatedly used in films as recently as About Schmidt in 2002, Rat Race in 2001 and the 1997 smash hit The Full Monty.

    He's also made appearances in television programmes and films and several appearances on the BBC's Top of the Pops programme.

    In 1985 Errol left the band and took time out to spend more time with his wife and then young children, resurfacing in 1990 and 1993 to embark on successful solo tours of the UK.

    The Full Monty introduced a whole new generation to 'Sexy Thing', and Hot Chocolate seized the moment to release a compilation album in October 1997.

    It made the UK album top ten and sparked a 58 date tour alongside the re-release of 'It Started With a Kiss' and now hugely in demand, he appeared in a television ad campaign.

    His commitment to the music industry was rewarded in 2003 when he was honoured with an MBE.


  • 2005 Tour Dates

    February:

    Tuesday 1
    Northampton Derngate
    Wednesday 2
    Basingstoke Anvil
    Friday 4
    Truro Hall for Cornwall
    Saturday 5
    Derby Assembly Rooms
    Sunday 6
    Newcastle City Hall
    Wednesday 9
    Harrogate International Centre
    Thursday 10
    Dunfermline Carnegie Hall
    Friday 11
    Aberdeen Music Hall
    Saturday 12
    Carlisle The Sands
    Sunday 13
    Irvine Leisure Centre
    Monday 14
    Belfast Waterfront
    Tuesday 15
    Dublin
    Thursday 17
    Llandudno North Wales
    Friday 18
    Birmingham Symphony Hall
    Saturday 19
    Norwich Theatre Royal
    Sunday 20
    Hanley Victoria Hall
    Tuesday 22
    Liverpool Philharmonic
    Wednesday 23
    The Lowry Salford Quays
    Thursday 24
    Cardiff St David's Hall
    Saturday 26
    Leicester De Momfort Hall
    Sunday 27
    Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls
    Monday 28
    Chatham Central Theatre

    March:

    Thursday 3
    Southend Cliffs Pavilion
    Friday 4
    Croydon Fairfield Hall
    Saturday 5
    Skegness Embassy Theatre

  • See Errol Brown's official website for more information - follow the link to the right of this page

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