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The Real Thing – Britain’s No 1 Soul Band!

“YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING”

The Real Thing original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating over 45 incredible years in the music industry, and they’re still going strong, playing hundreds of gigs across the world, and a new music documentary due for release in Autumn 2019.

Are you ready to interview a real music legend?

The Real Thing’s Chris Amoo is available to answer questions, share experiences and discuss The Real Thing Story.

Get in touch today to arrange a phone/video call interview or to arrange for Chris to visit your radio station or media office for a face-to-face interview.

For press and media resources including bio’s, high resolution imagery, video and audio streaming and an up to date list of our gigs, see below.

Bios & Copy

General Bios:

Short Bio

The Real Thing – Four lads from Liverpool who changed the face of British music. Best known for their legendary hits ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, ‘Children of the Ghetto’, The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time.

Medium Bio 1

The Real Thing – Four lads from Liverpool who changed the face of British music. Best known for their legendary hits ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, ‘Children of the Ghetto’, The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time.

Pioneers in soul, funk and dance music, the two original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating over 45 years in the music industry. Still gigging across the world, the band’s success and longevity is unprecedented in British entertainment history.

Medium Bio 2

Formed in Toxteth, Liverpool in 1972, The Real Thing are Britain’s longest-established and best-loved black group in UK entertainment history. Best known for their legendary hits ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, ‘Children of the Ghetto’, The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time.

The Real Thing remain pioneers in soul, funk and dance music. Original members Chris Amoo and Dave Smith are now celebrating over 45 incredible years in the music industry, and they’re still going strong, playing hundreds of gigs across the world.

Medium Bio 3

The Real Thing are a British soul group formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song ‘You to Me Are Everything’, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 28 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. By number of sales, they were the most successful black rock/soul act in England during the 1970s. The journalist, author and founder of Mojo, Paul Du Noyer credits them alongside Deaf School with restoring “Liverpool’s musical reputation in the 1970s” with their success.

Long Bio

The Real Thing – Britain’s No 1 soul band, had three million selling hit singles in the 70s with ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’. In the 80s they were all remixed and became huge hits again, thanks to the band’s massive following.

Original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith and their fantastic 5 piece band perform these hits alongside many more of their great songs such as ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing’ which, in 2005, was sampled by Daft Punk and re-titled ‘So Much Love to Give’ and became a top 10 hit for The Freeloaders which featured The Real Thing, resulting in the band charting across three decades!

The band continue to tour up and down the country selling out venues and regularly performing at 70’s & 80’s festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Kool and the Gang and Chic.

Commenting on The Real Thing’s success, singer Chris Amoo said, “There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music. It’s the sound track to so many people’s lives and that will never die.”

Live Show Bios:

Short Live Show Bio

The Real Thing – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – still looking and sounding great!! Featuring million-selling hits including three No. 1 singles in the 70’s & 80’s ‘You to me are Everything’, ‘Can’t get by without you’ & ‘Feel the Force’. Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as ‘Ladies Night’ ‘Celebration’ ‘Good Times’ & ‘Ain’t no stopping us now’ in an action packed show.

Medium Live Show Bio

The Real Thing – Britain’s No 1 soul band, had three million selling hit singles in the 70s ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’. In the 80s they were all remixed and became huge hits again, thanks to the band’s massive following.

Original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, perform these hits and many more live on stage with their own fantastic 5-piece band. Enjoy tracks like ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’ and ‘Whenever You Want My Love’.

Long Live Show Bio

Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco-inspired hits a new lease of life, with an extensive UK tour. Featuring the group’s two original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, The Real Thing deliver a funky ‘in your face’ show with a strong ‘retro flavour’ with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.

Celebrating over 45 years in the music industry. As well as the success of their debut hit single ‘You to Me Are Everything’, these Liverpool lads boast three million selling hit singles including, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’, ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, making them the UK’s best-selling black group of the late 70s.

In 1986 ‘You to Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ were all remixed and became huge hits once again, thanks to their huge club following.

In 2005, ‘Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing’ was sampled by French dance outfit Daft Punk and re-titled ‘So Much Love to Give’. The same year the Freeloaders had a UK Top 10 single with ‘So Much Love to Give’ which featured The Real Thing resulting in the band charting across 3 decades.

The Real Thing recently released ‘The Real Thing Live’ DVD and CD recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and celebrates 40 years on the road and includes the concert in full, new material and a cover of The Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

The band continue to tour up and down the country selling out venues and regularly perform at 70’s & 80’s festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Kool and the Gang and Chic.

Commenting on The Real Thing’s success, singer Chris Amoo said, “There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music. It’s the sound track to so many people’s lives and that will never die.”

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Video & Audio Streaming

The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything

Live at the Liverpool Philharmonic

‘You to me are everything’ has over 20 Million streams on Spotify!

The Real Thing on Spotify  |  The Real Thing on Google Play  |  The Real Thing on Deezer |  The Real Thing on Tune in

If you would like to download a full album or EP for review, please use the contact info below to get in touch.

GIGS

2019
SEPTEMBER
Friday 6 MILTON KEYNES -STABLES - Tickets
Saturday 7 LETS ROCK ESSEX, HYLANDS HOUSE ESTATE - Tickets
Saturday 7 BROXBOURNE –SPOTLIGHT - Tickets
Sunday 8 WESTON SUPER MARE - PONTINS SAND BAY - Tickets
Friday 20 WORKSOP VAN DYK HOTEL - Tickets
Saturday 21 SOUTHPORT - PONTINS - Tickets
Friday 27 BOGNOR REGIS BUTLINS - Tickets
Saturday 28 SELSEY EMBASSY - Tickets
Sunday 29 LITTLECOTE WARNER - Tickets
OCTOBER
Friday 4 MINEHEAD BUTLINS 70s - Tickets
Friday 11 GT YARMOUTH VAUXHALL HOLIDAY PARK - Tickets
Saturday 19 HOLLAND P3 PURMEREND, AMSTERDAM - Tickets
Saturday 26 BILSTON ROBIN 2 - Tickets
NOVEMBER
Friday 1 RHS GARDEN ROSEMOOR –GT TORRINGTON DEVON - Tickets
Saturday 2 FAIRFIELD HALL CROYDON - Tickets
Sunday 3 SKEGNESS BUTLINS 70s - Tickets
Friday 8 GEBR DE NOBEL LEIDEN MARKSTEEG, AMSTERDAM - Tickets
Saturday 9 VORSTIN, HILVERSUM - Tickets
Friday 15 SKEGNESS BUTLINS SOUL - Tickets
Saturday 16 WHITBY SPA PAVILION - Tickets
Friday 29 DUNSTABLE – GROVE THEATRE - Tickets
Saturday 30 EASTLEIGH – CONCORDE CLUB - Tickets
DECEMBER
Wednesday 4 HIGH WYCOMBE SWAN THEATRE - Tickets
Saturday 7 ISLE OF SHEPPEY – PALM TREES HOLIDAY PARK - Tickets
2020
JANUARY
Sunday 12 HAILSHAM –PAVILION
Tuesday 14 LONDON –JAZZ CAFÉ
FEBRUARY
Saturday 29 BOGNOR -BUTLINS
MARCH
Friday 13 RUNCORN BRINDLEY THEATRE
Sunday 15 SKEGNESS -BUTLINS
Friday 20 HUNSTANTON – PRINCESS THEATRE
Saturday 21 LYMINGTON – SHOREFIELD HOLIDAY PARK SOUL WEEKENDER - Tickets
Friday 27 BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE
Saturday 28 NEWARK WARNER THORSBY HALL
APRIL
Friday 3 MALVERN -FORUM
Thursday 9 BASINGSTOKE –HAYMARKET
Saturday 11 BROMLEY –CHURCHILL THEATRE
Friday 17 ILKLEY KINGS HALL
Saturday 25 MANCHESTER – PREMIER SUITE
MAY
Friday 1 GERMANY HAMBURG –BALTIC FESTIVAL
Saturday 16 LETS ROCK -COOKHAM
Sunday 17 MINEHEAD -BUTLINS
Saturday 30 BOLTON –ALBERT HALLS
JUNE
Sunday 14 BEDLINGTON -NORTHUMBERLAND –FESTIVAL PARTY IN PARK
Saturday 20 CHESTER –ALEXANDERS
Saturday 27 HARROGATE –NIDD HALL
JULY
Saturday 4 LETS ROCK SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday 18 LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW, LONDON - Free Event
Saturday 25 ISLE OF MAN –VILLA MARINA
AUGUST
Saturday 1 LETS ROCK BELFAST
Friday 21 MORECAMBE –PLATFORM
Saturday 29 LETS ROCK KENT
SEPTEMBER
Friday 4 SOUTHEND- CLIFFS PAVILION
Saturday 12 EPSOM –PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
Saturday 19 - HUNGERFORD - WARNER LITTLECOTE HOTEL
Saturday 26 BURY ST EDMUNDS –APEX
OCTOBER
Saturday 3 STOCKPORT –PLAZA THEATRE
Friday 9 LIVERPOOL –PHILHARMONIC
NOVEMBER
Sunday 1 WESTON SUPER MARE –PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
Friday 20 BOGNOR REGIS -BUTLINS

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Looking forward to playing on Friday 27th Sept as part of the Bognor Regis Soul Weekender! ★ Butlins Live Music Weekends with Fatback Band Musical Youth @Jocelyn-Brown-125410661132 @kennythomas.uksoul ★ Get ready for an epic weekend of #SoulMusic! ★ Tickets: https://www.bigweekends.com/soul-weekender-bognor-regis-270919
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See you later for dinner & a show at the Van Dyk ! We’ll be giving you #Everything Chesterfield, Derbyshire! - Event details: https://www.vandykbywildes.co.uk/events/the-real-thing-not-a-tribute-act/204 See you there! @hotelvandyk
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At last... we can announce our movie!!! #Everything #TheRealThingStory will get its first screening at Regent Street Cinema on Oct 24th. Not only that, but we're playing a short gig afterwards! Tickets at ow.ly/Qz2O50wbd5V
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Looking forward to playing on Sat 21st Sept as part of the Southport 70s & 80s Weekender! ★ 48 Hour Party Weekenders Jason Donovan Owen Paul @Sonia-on-the-web-350496185032511 Heaven 17 (Official) ★ Get ready for 48hrs of fantastic music! ★ Tickets: https://www.48hourparty.com/weekender/2019/southport/southport70s80s2019-1/
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Who’s coming for dinner & a show at the Van Dyk on Friday 20th Sept? We’ll be giving you #Everything in Chesterfield, Derbyshire! - Last available tickets: https://www.vandykbywildes.co.uk/events/the-real-thing-not-a-tribute-act/204 See you there! @hotelvandyk
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Enjoying our 2019 tour? ★ We love coming out to sing for you all! 🎤 Visit therealthingofficial.com/#Gigs to see where we're playing -- Comment below & let us know which show we'll be seeing you at! Tag a friend if you're going there together! - We'll be giving you #Everything so get ready to #FeeltheForce
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Happy 70th birthday today to the inspirational, beautiful, legendary Baroness @FloellaBenjamin. What a woman! Respect! #LoveFloella #FeelTheForce https://t.co/vc4ZgPKG5d realthinguk photo

Looking forward to playing on Friday 27 Sept as part of the Bognor Regis Soul Weekender! ★ @ButlinsMusic with @kennythomas_uk @MusicalYouth30 @joyceeb ★ Get ready for an epic weekend of #SoulMusic! ★ Tickets: https://t.co/XhY11IQPQt#TheRealThing #Soul #YouToMeAreEverything https://t.co/ABGv6rWs3x realthinguk photo

It’s the Southport #70s & #80s Weekender! We’ll be singing for your later @48hourparty ! ★ #CanYouFeelTheForce #CantGetByWithoutYou #YouToMeAreEverything #TheRealThing #SouthportWeekender https://t.co/B8nTGYUmbk
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Looking forward to playing on Sat 21st Sept as part of the Southport 70s & 80s Weekender! ★ @48hourparty @JDonOfficial @owenpaulreal @SoniaevansSonia ★ Get ready for 48hrs of fantastic music! ★ Tickets: https://t.co/2STTY9ZgC7#TheRealThing #70s #80s #YouToMeAreEverything https://t.co/oCbF9VIP4Z

See you later for dinner & a show at the @hotelvandyk ! We’ll be giving you #Everything Chesterfield, Derbyshire! - Event details: https://t.co/IaQO13fzP8 See you there!
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At last... we can announce our movie!!! #Everything #TheRealThingStory will get its first screening at @RegentStCinema on Oct 24th. Not only that, but we're playing a short gig afterwards! Tickets at https://t.co/in2PlOZTTO https://t.co/NJLXJnwvM3 realthinguk photo

Looking forward to playing on Sat 21st Sept as part of the Southport 70s & 80s Weekender! ★ @48hourparty @JDonOfficial @owenpaulreal @SoniaevansSonia ★ Get ready for 48hrs of fantastic music! ★ Tickets: https://t.co/2STTY9ZgC7#TheRealThing #70s #80s #YouToMeAreEverything https://t.co/oCbF9VIP4Z realthinguk photo