Song of the Day: Hot Chocolate, “Brother Louie”

British-Jamaican singer-songwriter Errol Brown was born on this day in 1943. Brown was the frontman for the British soul-funk band Hot Chocolate. He received the MBE for his services to popular music in the United Kingdom. He and Tony Wilson wrote "Brother Louie," the story of an interracial romance, and released it in 1973. It reached #7 in the UK and #19 in Ireland. It was covered six months after its release in the UK by the American band Stories, who took it to #1 on the Hot 100 and earned a Gold record for over a million copies sold.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hot Chocolate, “Brother Louie”

      1. Oh you know one more John…”Everyone’s a Winner”….the guitar sound is awesome and it was a pretty big hit

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          1. Oh ok…that one….Jen, Bailey, and I were traveling through Panama City 15 years ago and that song came on…I only heard the intro and knew that I remembered it as a kid….When I got back home I tracked it down.
            I think they ran the guitar through a keyboard.
            My sister had that one and You Sexy Thing.

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  1. Hi John – well this was a great song … love their music – but interesting back story – cheers Hilary

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    1. I always liked it, though I didn’t know there was an original, just the cover by Storier. For one thing it was better than a lot of what was on the radio at the time. It has a good steady beat, and I think it addressed the hangups about “who loves whom” really well. Glad you liked it!

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