Favorite "Girl's Names" Songs #1 - "Emma"

@teamfreak16 (42070)
Denver, Colorado
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
One of the first singles I ever bought when I was 13. I remember Errol Brown's very emotional performance of it on Top of the Pops.
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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!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Nov 16
@asfarasiknow - I know. I liked the cover, but Hot Chocolate's version is better.
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@JohnRoberts (65396)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov 16
I remember Hot Chocolate being popular in the 70s and 80s. Didn't they even drift into the disco arena?
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Nov 16
Yes, I would definitely call "You Sexy Thing disco.
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@JohnRoberts (65396)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov 16
@teamfreak16 But it's a good song. We learned to pronounce thing "thang."
@egdcltd (7111)
14 Nov 16
What, Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce didn't make it into your top list?
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Nov 16
Considering there are over 80 million views, I must be the only guy on earth who hasn't heard that before. Pretty good!
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@egdcltd (7111)
14 Nov 16
@teamfreak16 And it's really, really easy to remember the lyrics to as well!
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@andriaperry (61575)
• Anniston, Alabama
18 Nov 16
I like this group and I have always liked " you sexy thing"
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
18 Nov 16
I never heard a song by them that I didn't like.
@FourWalls (15885)
• United States
14 Nov 16
40,000,000 thumbs up!!!! What a marvelous song!!!!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Nov 16
It couldn't not be #1
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@redurnet (1586)
• United Kingdom
14 Nov 16
Well that's my name and I remember first discovering this song after searching for songs with my name and being surprised that it is rather gloomy! It's definitely a distinctive song though.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Nov 16
Check out The Sisters of Mercy's version. They made it even more gloomy than it already is!