Errol Brown, singer for the band Hot Chocolate, has died at 71-years-old. His manager, Phil Dale, confirmed the news to the BBC. Brown, who had been battling live cancer, is said to have died Wednesday in his Bahamas home.
Brown’s career began with a cover of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” released on The Beatles’ Apple Records in 1969. Hot Chocolate released their first single, “Love is Life”, a year later. It’s Brown singing on the band’s mega hit “You Sexy Thing”, as well as “Emma”, “It Started With a Kiss”, and “Brother Louie”, the latter of which was covered for the theme song to Louis C.K.’s Louie.
He left Hot Chocolate in 1985 to focus on family, but returned with a solo career in 1987. He was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2003. He would retire from music entirely a few years later.
Brown is survive by his wife and two daughters. Relive some of his most memorable hits below.
“You Sexy Thing”:
“It Started With a Kiss”: