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Album: Hot ChocolateReleased: 1975Charted:
Lead singer Errol Brown wrote this about his wife Ginette. It was the first happy song he wrote - he had always written sad songs before.
Errol Brown, who came to England from Jamaica with his mother when he was young, formed Hot Chocolate in London with Tony Wilson in 1969. They recorded a Reggae version of "Give Peace A Chance" that got the attention of John Lennon, who released the single on The Beatles' Apple Records. This led to a deal with Mickie Most, who signed them to his RAK label. The pair wrote "Bet Yer Life I Do," which was recorded by Herman's Hermits and hit UK #22. They had their first UK hit of their own with "Love Is Life," then went on to a string of UK hits, including a #1 in 1977 with "So You Win Again."
Hot Chocolate were produced by Mickie Most, who released this track on his RAK Records label. Most, however, didn't see the hit potential in this song and put it out as the B-side of a ballad called "Blue Night." That same week, Most produced a song for his band The Arrows called "I Love Rock And Roll," and released that as the B-side of their song "Broken Down Heart." In our interview with Alan Merrill of The Arrows, he explained that Most was in his "blue period" (an allusion to Pablo Picasso), and was really into ballads. "You Sexy Thing" turned out to be a huge hit, but "I Love Rock And Roll" would have to wait 7 years to realize its potential when Joan Jett took the song to #1. (Check out our interview with Alan Merrill
This was one of two songs to make the UK Top 10 in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The other one to do so was John Lennon's "Imagine
This was featured in the 1997 movie The Full Monty. The song became popular once again and was re-released in the UK, where it went to #6. This was the third time it cracked the UK Top 10 - a 1987 remix by Ben Liebrand hit #10.
This was a hit in over 50 countries. In the UK it sold over a million copies but stalled at #2 behind "Bohemian Rhapsody
" for six weeks.
In 2005, this was used in commercials for Dr. Pepper soda. In 2014, it was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Chevy Silverado trucks. In the spot, which was narrated by John Cusack, a rodeo bull is put out to stud to the sounds of this song.