She was black as the night Louie was whiter than white Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar Louie fell in love over night Hey man, what's wrong with that? Nothing bad, it was good Louie had the best girl he could When she took him home to meet her mama and papa Louie knew just where he stood
Seventhmist from 7th HeavenSort of a companion piece to Janis Ian's "Society's Child."
Don from Sevierville, TnAndy, you can hear Hot Chocolate's version on YouTube. And John, after this song, Hot Chocolate did have 3 hits in the USA - You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again and Every One's a Winner.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyMichael Brown, keyboardist with the Left Banke and Stories, died March 19th, 2015 of unknown causes. He was 65.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 6th 1973, the Stories performed "Brother Louie" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'... One month earlier on June 17th, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #83; and on August 19th, 1973 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 18 weeks it was on the Top 10)... The week it reached #1 it had jumped over "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings, which had been at #2 and never did make #1... The Stories had three Top 100 records; "I'm Coming Home" (#42 in 1972), "Mammy Blue" (#50 in 1973), and "If It Feels good, Do It" (#88 in 1974).
Nick from Grand Prairie,There is a significant difference between Hot Chocolate's version and the Stories' version. The "View Lyrics" link on this page takes you to the Stories version. In the Hot Chocolate version, in the second verse, SHE takes Louie home to meet her parents. That's why in the spoken part, you hear her father saying "...I don't want no honky in my family". Then later, in the Hot Chocolate version, Louie takers her home to meet his parents. That's when you hear the spoken part of his father saying "I don't want no spook in my family." Of course, the Stories version does not have any of the spoken parts, but also, in both verse 2 and in verse 4, Louie is taking her home to his parents and there is not a verse about her taking Louie home.
Andy from B'ham, AlI've never heard the Hot Chocolate version period. If anyone has a recording of it, please let me know.
John from Brisbane, United StatesI cant understand why I never hear this classic song on a radio .Why did Hot Chocolate fail to perform better after this masterpiece.This is hot Chocolate at their unblemished and true self-best.Before the oh no no nitpicking people came along.The Stories had a one hit wonder and I say shame shame on the Americans for letting Hot chocolates masterpiece go to waste.