‘You Sexy Thing’ Singer Errol Brown Dies At Age 71
Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has been reported to have died on Wednesday in his home in the Bahamas.
Errol Brown was notable during the 70s and the 80s for the hit song including “You Sexy Thing”. The song soared on pop charts after it was featured in “The Full Monty” comedy show. The death or Brown was confirmed by his manager Phil Dale.
The singer was reportedly diagnosed with liver cancer and died at the age of 71, said a report from The New York Times. Errol Brown had shaved head and mustache displaying his distinct look. His band, Hot Chocolate, reached success with around two dozen Top 40 hits in U.K. which includes the songs “Emma” and “Every 1’s a Winner”. Both songs also reached the Billboard Top 10 in the U.S.
Errol Brown was born on December 11, 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Ivan, a police officer, and Edna, who worked as a secretary in London. Brown was often left with his sister and uncle when his parents went off to work. He turned to songwriting after his mother died and made a hit when he did a reggae cover of “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon.
Errol Brown wrote “You Sexy Thing” after being inspired by a woman named Ginette, who later became his wife and the mother of his two children, said The New York Times. The song was released in 1975 but became a hit after Brown sang it an octave higher. His band also performed at the pre-wedding reception of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 at the Buckinham Palace.
However, the band’s popularity declined after Errol Brown left in 1987.
Ten years later, Errol Brown’s “You Sexy Thing” was given a new life when it was featured in British comedy “The Full Monty”. The soundtrack album went up the Top 10 British Charts in 1997. The song “Boogie Nights” was also featured in commercials including the Chevy Silverado and Dr. Pepper.
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