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|-||"'''Brother Louie'''" was a song about an [[interracial]] [[love affair]]. The title was written and sung by [[Errol Brown]] of the group [[Hot Chocolate]] and was a top 10 UK chart hit for the band in 1973, produced by [[Mickie Most]]. [[Alexis Korner]] has a spoken word part in this version of the song.||+||'''Errol Brown''' [[Member of the British Empire|MBE]] (born '''Lester Errol Brown''', 12 November 1948, [[Kingston, Jamaica|Kingston]], [[Jamaica]]) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the [[frontman]] of [[Hot Chocolate (band)|Hot Chocolate]]. He has British citizenship by marriage to Ginette and they live in [[The Bahamas]]. Hot Chocolate's [[hit record|hits]] included "[[You Sexy Thing]]", "[[So You Win Again]]" and "[[Brother Louie (Hot Chocolate song)|Brother Louie]]".|
|-||The song was covered by an American band called [[Stories (band)|Stories]] (featuring singer [[Ian Lloyd]]), about six months after Hot Chocolate's UK hit, and the Stories version made number one on the [[Billboard Hot 100]] in the USA. Another cover was made by [[Roy Ayers]] on his album "Virgo Red", playing vibes instead of singing.||+||In 2003 Brown was appointed a [[Member of the Order of the British Empire]] for services to [[popular music]] for the United Kingdom.<ref name="IMDb"/> In 2004 he received an [[Ivor Novello Award]] for outstanding contributions to British music.|
|-||Recently, the song has been covered by the [[North Korea]]n [[electronic music|electronic]] [[orchestra]], the [[Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble]], [[Bon Jovi]], and the hip hop group [[Code Red]]. An alternate rendition of the [[Stories (band)|Stories]] version of the song has also been included in the [[soundtrack]] of the 2007 film [[Zodiac (film)]].|
|-||It has been covered by many other artists, including [[The Undisputed Truth]], Stories, The Quireboys, and Scarecrow.|
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Errol Brown MBE (born Lester Errol Brown, 12 November 1948, Kingston, Jamaica) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of Hot Chocolate. He has British citizenship by marriage to Ginette and they live in The Bahamas. Hot Chocolate's hits included "You Sexy Thing", "So You Win Again" and "Brother Louie".
In 2003 Brown was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to popular music for the United Kingdom.<ref name="IMDb"/> In 2004 he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.