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Popular pop-soul fusion band Hot Chocolate are set to perform in Hunstanton this May, so you could say everyone's a winner as far as the audience is concerned.

Gracing the Princess Theatre with the band's timeless classic, the band's line-up now features Patrick Olive,Tony Connor, Harvey Hinsley, Steve Ansell, Andy Smith and Kennie Simon.

The band disbanded after the departure of their frontman Errol Brown in 1986 but reformed and tasted further success without him in the 1990s. Errol, who received an MBE for his contribution to music, sadly died from cancer in 2015, but the band with Kennie Simon as lead singer, continues to please the band's legion of fans.

Hunstanton Princess Theatre. MLNF-20MF08071
Hunstanton Princess Theatre. MLNF-20MF08071

Hot Chocolate started their recording career making a reggae version of John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance.

He was contacted by Apple Records, discovered that John Lennon liked his version, and the group was subsequently signed to Apple Records. The link was short-lived as The Beatles were starting to break up, and the Apple connection soon ended.

In 1970 Hot Chocolate, with the help of record producer Mickie Most, began releasing tracks that became hits, such as Love is Life, Emma, You Could Have Been a Lady, and I Believe in Love.

Hot Chocolate will be visiting the Princess Theatre in May with their smooth harmonies. (56435907)
Hot Chocolate will be visiting the Princess Theatre in May with their smooth harmonies. (56435907)

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 like You Sexy Thing and Every 1's a Winner.

In 1977, after scoring 15 hits, they finally reached Number One with So You Win Again.

Other hits followed including No Doubt About It, Girl Crazy, Brother Louie and Put Your Love In Me.

The band became the only group, and one of just three acts, that scored a hit in every year of the 1970s in the UK charts, the other two being Elvis Presley and Diana Ross.

The band eventually had at least one hit, every year, between 1970 and 1984.

They 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.

In all, the group charted 25 UK Top 40 hit singles.

Their single You Sexy Thing became the only track that made British Top Ten status in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Its renewed appreciation can be credited in part to its appearances in a string of successful films starting with the 1997 comedy The Full Monty.



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