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Hot Chocolate Band

Having re-written the lyrics to John Lennon’s current hit song 'Give Peace A Chance', the group of friends, all from North Clapham in London, took advice and sought John’s approval. To their great surprise John raved about their recording and sanctioned its release. It was a one-off deal, and rather low-key. There was a press ad in America, but no publicity photographs.

The group found its name via the Apple Press Office when Derek Taylor’s secretary Mavis Smith, warm cocoa-based beverage in hand, suggested ‘Hot Chocolate Band’. Their two songwriters, Errol Brown and Tony Wilson, signed to Apple Publishing for a while, and showcased a couple of originals plus ‘Give Peace A Chance’ when John booked the band to open his Peace For Christmas UNICEF benefit show that December. Errol and Tony wrote ‘Think About Your Children’ for Mary Hopkin and, after Apple, the group scored UK hits in each and every year throughout the Seventies.