This highly commercial UK pop act was formed in Brixton, London, by percussionist Patrick Olive (22 March 1947, Grenada, Lesser Antilles), guitarist Franklyn De Allie and drummer Ian King. Songwriter and vocalist Errol Brown (b. 12 November 1948, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) and bass player Tony Wilson (b. 8 October 1947, Trinidad, West Indies) and pianist Larry Ferguson (b. 14 April 1948, Nassau, Bahamas, West Indies) joined later in 1969. Following the departure of De Allie the band was signed to the Beatles label Apple Records for an enterprising reggae version of the Plastic Ono Bands Give Peace A Chance. They also provided label-mate Mary Hopkin with the hit Think About Your Children. The following year, Hot Chocolate signed to Mickie Mosts RAK Records and again proved their songwriting worth by composing Hermans Hermits hit Bet Yer Life I Do. In September 1970, Hot Chocolate enjoyed the first hit...
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