Favorite "Girl's Names" Songs #1 - "Emma"
November 14, 2016 1:57am CST
Finally! #1 in my Favorite "Girl's Name" Songs series belongs to Hot Chocolate and their 1973 hit "Emma." Hot Chocolate formed in London in 1968, and after a couple of hiatuses, and the death of vocalist Errol Brown, are still going strong. (Fun Wikipedia Facts: the band had at least one hit per year, from 1970-1984. Their hit "You Sexy Thing" hit the Top 10 three separate times.) Their 1973 album, Cicero Park, spawned "Emma," a morbid, gloom and doom tune about the suicide of a young, unsuccessful actress. The song was an international hit, peaking at #3 in the UK, and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wikipedia claims that Errol Brown wrote "Emma" after the death of his mom. I started listening when I was about 12, which, as dark as it is, helped shape my later love of goth music. Goth legends The Sisters of Mercy did a great cover of the song (if there was any song just waiting for the goth treatment, it was "Emma.") Urge Overkill has also covered it. A fantastic song by a great band. There was more to Hot Chocolate than "You Sexy Thing." "Emma" is proof. Enjoy!
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• Bournemouth, England
14 Nov 16
@teamfreak16 He was almost a permanent fixture on UK music shows during the years you mention and, because of that shaven head, never looked any different. It's good that Emma was a big hit in the US. Hot Chocolate's previous big UK hit, Brother Louie, was covered by a different act in America and Hot Chocolate missed out on a number one there!
14 Nov 16
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