Wilde World: Hot Chocolate

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

At the closing of the year, we look back to those we have lost. Some big names passed away during the year, including some Kim Wilde-related names such as Steve Strange and Cilla Black. On May 6, singer Errol Brown died. He was of course the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, who were very successful in the Seventies and early Eighties. In the last installment of Wilde World of this year, it’s a good time to look back on this remarkable band and their only Wilde-influenced track.

Ricky and Marty Wilde wrote many songs together for Kim during the Eighties. But while they were doing so, another band on Kim’s record label wanted ‘in’ on their talent. Hot Chocolate were signed to RAK records long before Kim was. In May 1981 they released a single called ‘You’ll never be so wrong’. The song was written by brother and father Wilde, and became a modest hit for the band just before Kim released her debut album with the very same track on it: it reached number 52 in the UK singles chart and number 73 in Germany, but number 15 in the Dutch Top 40! The track was included in their 1982 album ‘Mystery’, along with their biggest hit of the Eighties, ‘It started with a kiss’.

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