This tear-jerker tells the story of an aspiring actress who commits suicide. Frontman Errol Brown explained to the Mail On Sunday January 25, 2009: "The story is tied to the death of my mother, aged 38. It was almost not released, as Mickie (Most, producer) thought it too slow and morbid. The girls in his offices at RAK Records changed his mind."
This was Hot Chocolate's first US hit. They had five Top 40 in America between 1975 and 1978, of which the #3 charting "You Sexy Thing" was the most successful.
Dan from Cheektowaga, NyBilly Don't Be a Hero is by Bo Donaldson and the Haywood's.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyErrol Brown, lead singer of Hot Chocolate, died of liver cancer on May 6th, 2015. He was 71.
Barry Marino from Chalmette, LaWhen I first heard this back in the seventies, I didn't understand depression. Emmaline would have committed suicide if her career had been successful. She could no longer live with the deafening sadness any longer. More than 350 people suffer from depression worldwide. 3.4% will commit suicide. Disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina caused about half of the cases of clinical depression in the past decade. If you think that you may be suffering from this condition, get help immediately!
Rose from Gisborne, New ZealandIt refers to Emma & Emmaline, not Emily.
Jez from London, United KingdomWhen this song peaked at UK #3 on 6/4/74, it was kept from the top by two other famous 'death discs' - Paper Lace's 'Billy Don't Be a Hero' at #2 and Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun' at #1. Perhaps the only occasion this has happened in the UK charts?
Karen from Manchester, NhIt was "Emmaline", not "Emily".
Zabadak from London, EnglandIn the lyrics, the girl is referred to as both Emma and Emily.