Errol Brown was born in Jamaica and moved to Britain when he was 12. His musical career started in 1969, when he and some friends sent a reggae version of Give Peace A Chance to John Lennon. Lennon liked the track, and it was released on the Beatles label, Apple Records, attributed to The Hot Chocolate Band which was later shortened. The producer Mickie Most signed him and Tony Wilson, the co-founder of the group as writers, and they wrote songs for Mary Hopkins and Herman's Hermits before deciding to write songs for themselves.
In 1970, Hot Chocolate, with Errol as the lead singer released their first single, Love is Life, which reached No.6 in the charts. Brown's bald headed sexy image and unique voice as the central focus of the group led to many Top Ten hits such as It started with a Kiss, You Sexy Thing and Everyone's a Winner.
In 1981, Hot Chocolate was invited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana to their pre-wedding reception. In 1985 Errol left the band to spend more time with his wife and children, and has since resurfaced to enjoy a successful solo career. Hot Chocolate enjoyed a revival when their hit You Sexy Thing was featured in the film The Full Monty.
In June 2003 Errol was awarded an MBE for his services to popular music.