Cathy from Sacramento CaSings with so much emotion. Thought maybe he was singing about a lost love of his.
Alex from U.k.Errol Brown released a follow up solo single in 1992 entitled "Emmalene" in which he is still grieving the loss of his childhood sweetheart
Kf from UkAmazing song that would have been a terrible loss if it hadn't been released. Errol shows such passion when singing it....
Sherry from Westlake, LouisianaIt’s ironic, just heard a Very Sad Storie about a girl in the early 1900, she was made to go to work @13, pregnant at 14. Through no fault of her own. Gets much deeper...Her Name Was EMMALINE!
Charlie from Boston, Ma@Dan from Cheektowaga - Both Paperlace AND Bo Donaldson recorded that song.
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.
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.