An inter-racial English funk and soul group, Hot Chocolate scored a pair of huge hits in the 70’s but was otherwise more enthusiastic than skilled. Lead singer Erroll Brown, guitarist Harvey Hinsley, keyboardist Larry Ferguson, bassist Tony Wilson, drummer Tony Connor, and conga player Patrick Olive were the original line up.
They recorded for Big Tree from 1975 to 1978, scoring a Top 10 R&B and pop hit with “You Sexy Thing” in 1975, which also was a gold single. They repeated the trick in 1978 with “Every 1’s a Winner,” once more earning a gold single in the process.
No other Hot Chocolate song ever made it beyond number 40 on the R&B chart, and their albums never packed much commercial punch either. Wilson departed in 1975, and Olive switched to bass in his place.