Hot Chocolate are a British Funk band popular during the 1970s and 1980s, formed by Errol Brown. They had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984 inclusive. Their song ‘You Sexy Thing’ made the Top 10 in three decades.
Hot Chocolate formed in Brixton, London in 1968. Original members of the group included: Errol Brown, Tony Connor, Larry Ferguson, Harvey Hinsley, Patrick Olive, and Tony Wilson.
In 1970 Hot Chocolate began releasing tracks that became hits, such as ‘Love Is Life’, ‘Emma’, ‘You Could Have Been A Lady’ and ‘I Believe In Love’. It was in the Disco era of the mid-1970s that Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Wilson and Brown, and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits. Such as ‘You Sexy Thing’ and ‘Everyone’s A Winner’, which were also U.S. hits, peaking at #3 in 1976 and #6 in 1979. The band became the only group, and one of just three acts, that had a hit in every year of the 1970s in the UK charts (the other two being Elvis Presley and Diana Ross). Errol Brown became the only songwriter in the group after Tony Wilson departed the group for a solo career.
The band continued well into the 1980s, and clocked up another big hit record ‘It Started With A Kiss’ in 1982, which reached Number 5 in the UK. The group charted 25 UK Top 40 hit singles.
In 1981, Hot Chocolate had the honour of being invited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana at their pre-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. This was attended by heads of Government and many members of European Royalty.
In 1986 Errol left the band and the rest of the members of Hot Chocolate also took some time off to consider their future. But in 1992 Patrick Olive, Harvey Hinsley, and Tony Connor joined up with agent Richard Martin and decided to start touring again. The band found a new singer Greg Bannis and keyboard players Andy Smith and Steve Ansell.
Since 1992, the band has enjoyed years of continued success touring all around the world performing to many thousands of fans who love the music of Hot Chocolate. In 1997 the classic single ‘You Sexy Thing’ reached number one in the charts after it was featured in the movie ‘The Full Monty’. Then in 2010 singer Kennie Simon replaced Greg Bannis on vocals creating what many are saying is the best sound ever!
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Megan Chungh – Park Hotel, Newcastle
Just a quick one to say how amazing everything went at our function thanks to Big Foot Events! From the very beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure everything was looked after without giving me too much hassle either! The Photo Booth, Candy Floss Cart and Popcorn Cart were all fantastic and a great hit with all of our family and friends and the staff running them were absolutely amazing! They were all set up and ready to go well before the event started and made sure they were always helpful! So a massive thank you to you all!
Amy Casey – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our snapdragon festival this year. Once again Rex was a massive hit and the children and adults loved him. The two members of staff that came to the event were very professional and catered to any requests we had.
George – Golden Sands Holiday Park
We absolutely love having Noughty 90’s here, such lovely people and amazing sets! They had everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.
Mr & Mrs Pravitt – Private Wedding, Stoke On Trent
It was absolutely incredible, I cannot thank you guys enough for how amazing it all was. The Ranger and Rex were outstanding, every single guest loved them to pieces and we certainly had the wow factor for our wedding. Just the idea of having a dinosaur is one thing, but the way Rex, Trixxie and the Ranger worked tirelessly to entertain the entire wedding party just added to the overall effect. We've had non-stop comments from those who attended saying it was pure magic, videos of the experience have gone viral and we even had guests from the hotel desperate to catch a glimpse of Rex. I cannot overstate how incredible you all have been, from the day a weirdo messaged Lauren asking for a dinosaur at their wedding, to speaking with Jade to coordinate everything and then finally meeting Rex and the Ranger on the big day. Everything worked out a million times better than I ever thought possible, and my dad was very pleased to see Rex was appropriately dressed with his bow tie. Amazing, amazing, amazing, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
Andrew Edmeads – Frimley Lodge, Surrey
Both acts went down a storm at the weekend. Really pleased with everything! Madonna did all the hits and even included some iconic costume changes! She had the audience up Voguing at the front! ABBA Fever had the crowd on their feet from the start and would be a worthy headliner in the future.
Barry Herridge – Ely Beet Sports & Social Club
The evening on Saturday was wonderful, Planet Abba we're superb and also so welcoming to the audience. As you know this is the 3rd year in a row I have used your agency and as always you have given me a wonderful evening, thank you.