An interracial English funk and soul group, Hot Chocolate scored a pair of huge hits in the '70s but were otherwise more
enthusiastic than skilled.Lead singer Erroll Brown, guitarist Harvey Hinsley, keyboardist Larry Ferguson, bassist Tony
Wilson, drummer Tony Connor, and conga player Pat Olivewere the original lineup. They recorded for Big Tree from 1975
to 1978, scoring a Top Ten R&B and pop hit with "You Sexy Thing" in 1975, which alsowas 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 Chocolatesong
ever made it beyond number 40 on the R&B chart, and their albums never packed much commercial punch either. Wilson
departed in 1975, andOlive switched to bass in his place.