Errol Brown, lead singer of Hot Chocolate, dies aged 71

Errol Brown, the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, whose hits included ‘You Sexy Thing’ and ‘It Started with a Kiss’, has died aged 71 in the Bahamas from liver cancer

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS) – Errol Brown, the lead singer of Hot Chocolate, has died aged 71 in the Bahamas.

According to his manager Phil Dale, the singer passed away surrounded by his wife Ginette and daughters Colette and Leonie in the Bahamas after battling liver cancer.

Brown was the voice behind many classic hits, including ‘You Sexy Thing’ and ‘It Started with a Kiss’. Hot Chocolate first found success in 1970 with the song ‘Love is Life’ and went on to have more than 20 Top 40 hits.

They were one of Princess Diana’s favourite bands and were invited by her to perform at her and Prince Charles’ pre-wedding party at Buckingham Palace in 1981.

But it was the song ‘You Sexy Thing’ which saw the band return to the charts twenty years after their first hit and gain even more prominence, because the hit British film ‘The Full Monty’ used the song as their signature tune.

It also led to success in the United States which the band had failed to conquer during their heydey.

Brown was honoured in 2003 with an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to pop music and also received an Ivor Novello award for his contribution to music in 2004.

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