Showing posts with label Stories. Show all posts
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May 17, 2015

Stories - Brother Louie (1973)

Stories - Brother Louie (1973) on WLCY Radio

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Brother Louie is a song about an interracial love affair. The title was written and sung by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of the group Hot Chocolate, and was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart for the band in 1973, produced by Mickie Most. Alexis Korner has a spoken word part in this version of the song.

The song was covered by the American band Stories (featuring singer Ian Lloyd) about six months after Hot Chocolate's UK hit, and the Stories version made number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Another cover was released in 1973 by Roy Ayers on his album Virgo Red, playing vibes instead of singing.

It has since been covered by many other artists including The Undisputed Truth, The Quireboys, Peter Beckett, Louie Louie, Matumbi, The Oppressed, and Scarecrow. Vandenberg singer Bert Heerink had a top 10 hit in 1995 in the Netherlands with a Dutch version titled "Julie July". More recently, the song has been covered by Bon Jovi and the hip hop group Code Red.

The 1986 hit "Brother Louie" by Modern Talking is a different song.