Errol Brown, whose dulcet tones rocketed You Sexy Thing to chart success for the band Hot Chocolate, died on Wednesday at the age of 71 in the Bahamas.
He was famous for his role as frontman for the soul band, but was also a keen owner of jump racing horses.
Brown, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to Britain when he was 12, died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas.
Brown’s best horse was Gainsay, who was trained by Jenny Pitman to win the National Hunt Chase by 20 lengths at Cheltenham in 1987, and also won at Aintree’s Grand National meeting. Brown also owned ten-time winner Do Be Brief.
Pitman told the Racing Post: “Errol got in touch with me to ask if I’d have a look at a horse of his he’d been told couldn’t race any more. Gainsay came to us, we sorted out his problems, and we had some very special times.
“Errol was one of the good guys, a total gentleman who was a very loyal and supportive owner.”
You Sexy Thing had the distinction of making the top 10 in three decades.
In 1981, he performed at the wedding reception following the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, at Buckingham Palace.
In 2003 he received the Member of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II for “services to popular music for the United Kingdom”.
Errol Brown (11.12.43 – 6.5.15) is survived by his wife Ginette and his two daughters, Colette and Leonie.