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Hot Chocolate

"Hot Chocolate" was a British band of the 1960s, and 1970s, and 1980s formed by Errol Brown (a Briton who was born in Jamaica). They were originally named 'The Hot Chocolate Band' by Mavis Smith, who worked for the Apple Corps press office. This was quickly shortened to just Hot Chocolate.

Errol started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance", but he was told he needed permission. Much to Errol's surprise, he was contacted by Apple Records, and discovered that John Lennon loved his version, and they subsequently signed to Apple Records. The connection was short-lived, as The Beatles were in their death throes, and the Apple connection soon fizzled out.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with the help of ace record producer Mickie Most, began releasing tracks that became hits, such as "Love Is Life", "You Could Have Been A Lady", and "I Believe in Love". All their releases were on the RAK record label, owned by Most. Brown and bassist Tony Wilson wrote most of their original material, and also provided hits for Herman's Hermits, "Bet Yer Life I Do", and Mary Hopkin, "Think About Your Children".

Gradually the five piece, Br...

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