Errol Brown, an early black British star whose funky numbers with Hot Chocolate such as "You Sexy Thing" became sensations in the disco era, died Wednesday. Brown, who was born in Jamaica but spent most of his life in Britain where he was given a knighthood for his cultural contributions, died at his home in The Bahamas from liver cancer, his manager Phil Dale. The fledging band recorded a reggae rendition of "Give Peace a Chance," but the producer objected and said the band needed permission from top singer-songwriter John Lennon. Hot Chocolate became a rare black British act to achieve commercial success in the 1970s, and the band's danceable numbers enjoyed a spike in popularity as disco came into vogue.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — King Kong first appeared on screens in New York City in 1933, but next summer, he'll be in Florida , headlining a new thrill ride at Universal Orlando.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Robert Redford is sounding an environmental alarm, saying the planet is changing and that "our opportunities are shrinking."