Chart Performance: Pop (#3) and R&B (#6); 1967
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
John Lennon personally signed duo Errol Brown and Tony Wilson, a label secretary came up with a group name for them, and in 1969 the Hot Chocolate Band released their version of Lennon & McCartney’s Give Peace A Chance (Apple #1812). With Lennon’s endorsement, Brown and Wilson next hooked up with one of England’s most successful producers, Micki Most. Their first hit single on Most’s RAK label reached the U.K. Top 10 in 1970, with the five member group now called simply Hot Chocolate. Hot Chocolate’s songs frequently dealt with social issues (in 1973 Stories covered Brother Louie, their song about racism) powered by Brown’s distinctive voice. A 1975 single, Blue Night, failed to chart in the U.K., however, when Night‘s B-side – You Sexy Thing – was released as an A-side later on, it scored on both sides of the Atlantic. It returned to #10 in 1987 (in a remixed version) and #6 in 1997 (after its inclusion in The Full Monty soundtrack); making it the only record to make the UK Top 10 in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
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- Mickie Most
Lyrics Written by:
- Errol Brown
- Tony Wilson