Errol Ainsworth Glenstor Brown[2][3] MBE (born Lester Errol Brown;[4][5] 12 November 1943 – 6 May 2015) was a British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate. In 2004, Brown received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 12 November 1943, but moved to England when he was 11 years old.[7][8][9][10] His break in music came in 1969 when he recorded a version of John Lennon‘s «Give Peace a Chance» with a band called «Hot Chocolate Band». Unable to change the lyrics without Lennon’s permission, he sent a copy to his record label, Apple, and the song was released with Lennon’s approval.[11]

The Hot Chocolate albums were produced by Mickie Most and recorded at the Rak Records studio. Brown left the group in 1985 to take a hiatus from music.[12][10] He soon went on to have a solo career, achieving success in the clubs with the 1987 single «Body Rocking», produced by Richard James Burgess.[13]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1997 when he was surprised by Michael Aspel on his birthday.[citation needed]

Brown was a supporter of the Conservative Party and performed at the party’s conference in 1984.[2][14] In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace.[15]

Brown retired from performing after a farewell tour in 2009.[16]


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