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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 about to celebrate 50 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 cinemas in January 2020.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary next year, The Real Thing have a new Best Of album coming 10th January.
Featuring all the hits and a NEW previously-unreleased track ‘Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)

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

‘You to me are everything’ has over 25 Million streams on Spotify!

Visit – The Real Thing on Spotify

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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
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
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 - Tickets
Tuesday 14 LONDON –JAZZ CAFÉ - Tickets
FEBRUARY
Saturday 1 WARNER HOTEL - STUDLEY CASTLE - Tickets
Saturday 29 BOGNOR -BUTLINS - Tickets
MARCH
Friday 13 RUNCORN BRINDLEY THEATRE - Tickets
Saturday 14 MILLOM - BEGGARS THEATRE - Tickets
Sunday 15 SKEGNESS -BUTLINS - Tickets
Friday 20 HUNSTANTON – PRINCESS THEATRE - Tickets
Saturday 21 LYMINGTON – SHOREFIELD HOLIDAY PARK SOUL WEEKENDER - Tickets
Friday 27 BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE - Tickets
Saturday 28 NEWARK WARNER THORSBY HALL - Tickets
APRIL
Friday 3 MALVERN -FORUM
Thursday 9 BASINGSTOKE –HAYMARKET - Tickets
Saturday 11 BROMLEY –CHURCHILL THEATRE - Tickets
Sunday 12 - BREWOOD, WOLVERHAMPTON - CHILLINGTON HALL PARTY IN THE PARK - Tickets
Friday 17 ILKLEY KINGS HALL - Tickets
Saturday 25 MANCHESTER – PREMIER SUITE
MAY
Friday 1 GERMANY HAMBURG –BALTIC FESTIVAL
Wednesday 6 BIOSDALE - CANARY WHARF
Thursday 7 BIOSDALE - CANARY WHARF
Friday 8 BIOSDALE - CANARY WHARF
Saturday 16 LETS ROCK -COOKHAM
Sunday 17 MINEHEAD -BUTLINS
Sunday 24 - SHILDON - SHILDON LIVE at HACKWORTH PARK
Saturday 30 BOLTON –ALBERT HALLS
JUNE
Thursday 11 COVENTRY – BELGRADE THEATRE
Friday 12 June - LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL
Saturday 13 SHEFFIELD – CITY HALL
Sunday 14 BEDLINGTON - NORTHUMBERLAND –FESTIVAL PARTY IN PARK
Friday 19 - NORTHALLERTON - THE FORUM
Saturday 20 CHESTER – ALEXANDERS
Friday 26 WHITBY - PAVILION
Saturday 27 HARROGATE – NIDD HALL
JULY
Friday 3 FROME, MEMORIAL HALL
Saturday 18 LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW, LONDON - Free Event
Saturday 25 ISLE OF MAN –VILLA MARINA
AUGUST
Saturday 1 LETS ROCK BELFAST
Saturday 15 EASTNOR CASTLE - LAKEFEST
Friday 21 MORECAMBE –PLATFORM
Saturday 29 LETS ROCK KENT
SEPTEMBER
Friday 4 SOUTHEND - CLIFFS PAVILION
Saturday 5 CHRISTCHURCH – REGENT CENTRE
Saturday 12 EPSOM – PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
Friday 18 BOGNOR REGIS - BUTLINS
Saturday 19 HUNGERFORD - WARNER LITTLECOTE HOTEL
Thursday 24 Gateshead - Sage 2
Friday 25 MILTON KEYNES - STABLES
Saturday 26 BURY ST EDMUNDS – APEX
Sunday 27 BREWOOD, WOLVERHAMPTON - CHILLINGTON HALL PARTY IN THE PARK
OCTOBER
Friday 2 DARTFORD - ORCHARD THEATRE
Saturday 3 STOCKPORT –PLAZA THEATRE
Friday 9 LIVERPOOL –PHILHARMONIC
NOVEMBER
Sunday 1 WESTON SUPER MARE –PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
Saturday 7 EASTLEIGH –CONCORDE
Friday 13 TELFORD - OAKENGATES TOWN HALL
Friday 20 BOGNOR REGIS -BUTLINS
Saturday 21 SELSEY –EMBASSY
Saturday 28 BILSTON - Robin 2

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Read about the history of our new single - released this week! ★ 'Someone Oughta Write A Song (About You Baby)' ★ http://therealthingofficial.com/missing-for-43-years-the-real-thing-release-a -new-single-from-1976/

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Originally written and recorded with Ken Gold and Mick Denne ‘Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)’ was due to be the third of a would-be trio of hits, however it was shelved when the band decided they wanted to write and produce their own material. For decades it remained a lost track, until in 2017 Ken Gold found the only remaining tape copy of the track in a storage locker.
Stream / Watch the new track here in all its glory: https://therealthing.lnk.to/SOWASFA
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The Real Thing celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, with the release of a new Best Of album on 10th January.
Featuring all the hits and a NEW previously-unreleased track ‘Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)’
Stream the new track & Pre-Order the Album here: https://therealthing.lnk.to/BestOfFA
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Thank you Ken Bruce @BBCRadio2 for playing our new single release #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong!! Our new "Best Of" album and movie #Everything comes out in January!
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Today we have a big new announcement! Tune into Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show at 11.15am
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#TheRealThing #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong
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Are you as excited as we are?!.... We have a big new announcement! Tune into Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show at 11.15am on Tuesday 3rd December! @BBCR2 #TheRealThing #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong

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Read about the history of our new single - released this week! ★ 'Someone Oughta Write A Song (About You Baby)' ★ https://t.co/ry3Kxob9of -new-single-from-1976/

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‘Someone Oughta Write a Song’ was originally shelved after the band decided to write their own material. For decades it remained a lost track, until in 2017 Ken Gold (original writer w/ Mick Denne) found the only remaining tape copy.
Stream / Watch here: https://t.co/EmlAvW2eoi https://t.co/4tWfiFMNLE

To celebrate our 50th anniversary next year, we have a new Best Of album coming 10th January.
Featuring all the hits and a NEW previously-unreleased track ‘Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)’
Stream the new track & Pre-Order the Album now: https://t.co/ZoU598HnUx https://t.co/bMye6lQUsK

Thank you @RealKenBruce @BBCRadio2 for playing our new single release #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong!! Our new "Best Of" album and movie #Everything comes out in January! https://t.co/hzKLvdqY0d realthinguk photo

Today we have a big new announcement! Tune into Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show at 11.15am
@RealKenBruce @BBCRadio2

#TheRealThing #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong https://t.co/IFMn0ejUPj
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Are you as excited as we are?!.... we have a big new announcement! Tune into Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show at 11.15am on Tuesday 3rd December! @RealKenBruce @BBCRadio2 

#TheRealThing #SomeoneOughtaWriteASong https://t.co/E5LbJoOIk6