American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 3/8/75: Hot Chocolate, “Emma”

Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited a bit from the original.

Hot Chocolate is best known for “You Sexy Thing,” but this song, which depending on your POV is either pretty moving or overly maudlin (I vote for the former), was their first American hit.  It’s debuting at #36 and would reach #8.  Errol Brown, their leader and vocalist, died in May 15.

Several years ago a friend pointed me to a cover version by the Sisters of Mercy; while I may prefer the original, it’s quite striking in their hands.

2 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 3/8/75: Hot Chocolate, “Emma””

  1. I love Hot Chocolate. My preferred brand is Carnation and I make it in my Cocomotion by Mr. Coffee with Fairlife 2% milk. I love it on really cold days but living here in the desert, that means I only get to make it less than 10 times a year.

    Ohhhhhh! That HOT CHOCOLATE!

    My favorite song from the late Erol Brown and company is “Every 1’s A Winner”. Second place goes to “You Sexy Thing” and really close behind in third place is Emma Emma Emmaline.

    Pro Tip:
    All three tunes are in rotation on


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