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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!

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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

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 - THE PRINCESS THEATRE - POSTPONED (See 20th September 2020)
Saturday 21 - LYMINGTON - SHOREFIELD HOLIDAY PARK SOUL WEEKENDER - POSTPONED (20th March 2021)
Friday 27 - BEDFORD - CORN EXCHANGE - POSTPONED - (26th March 2021)
Saturday 28 - NEWARK WARNER THORSEBY HALL - POSTPONED (TBC)
APRIL
Friday 3 - MALVERN - FORUM - POSTPONED (See 27th November 2020)
Saturday 4 - PLYMOUTH - CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL - POSTPONED (TBC April 2021)
Thursday 9 - BASINGSTOKE - HAYMARKET - POSTPONED (6th February 2021)
Saturday 11 - BROMLEY - CHURCHILL THEATRE - POSTPONED (See 6th September 2020)
Monday 13 - BREWOOD, WOLVERHAMPTON - CHILLINGTON HALL PARTY IN THE PARK - POSTPONED (5th April 2021)
Friday 17 - ILKLEY - KINGS HALL - POSTPONED (13th February 2021)
Friday 24 - GUILDFORD - CINDERELLA'S LOUNGE - POSTPONED (TBC)
Saturday 25 - MANCHESTER – PREMIER SUITE & LOUNGE - POSTPONED (See 31st July 2020)
MAY
Friday 1 - GERMANY, HAMBURG - BALTIC FESTIVAL - POSTPONED (23rd April 2021)
Wednesday 6 - CANARY WHARF - BIOSDALE - POSTPONED (TBC)
Thursday 7 - CANARY WHARF -BIOSDALE - POSTPONED (TBC)
Friday 8 - CANARY WHARF - BIOSDALE - POSTPONED (TBC)
Thursday 14 - HUDDERSFIELD - POSTPONED (TBC)
Saturday 16 - COOKHAM - LETS ROCK - POSTPONED (22nd May 2021)
Sunday 17 - MINEHEAD - BUTLINS - POSTPONED
Sunday 24 - SHILDON - LIVE at HACKWORTH PARK - POSTPONED (TBC)
Saturday 30 - BOLTON - ALBERT HALLS - POSTPONED (TBC 2021)
Sunday 31 - GERMANY, DUSSELDORF - JAZZ RALLY - POSTPONED (TBC)
JUNE
Thursday 11 - COVENTRY - BELGRADE THEATRE - POSTPONED (TBC)
Friday 12 - LEICESTER - DE MONTFORT HALL - POSTPONED (TBC)
Saturday 13 - SHEFFIELD - CITY HALL - POSTPONED (TBC)
Sunday 14 - BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND – FESTIVAL PARTY IN PARK - POSTPONED (13th June 2021)
Friday 19 - NORTHALLERTON - THE FORUM - POSTPONED (See 18th December 2020)
Saturday 20 - CHESTER - ALEXANDERS - POSTPONED (19th June 2021)
Friday 26 - WHITBY - PAVILION - POSTPONED (13th March 2021)
Saturday 27 - HARROGATE – NIDD HALL - POSTPONED (TBC)
JULY
Friday 3 - FROME - MEMORIAL HALL - POSTPONED (16th July 2021)
Saturday 4 - CAMBRIDGE - BIG WEEKEND - POSTPONED (TBC)
Saturday 18 - LONDON - LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW - POSTPONED
Saturday 25 - ISLE OF MAN - VILLA MARINA - POSTPONED (16th April 2021)
Sunday 12 - OXFORDSHIRE - CORNBURY FESTIVAL - POSTPONED (11th July 2021)
Friday 31 - MANCHESTER - PREMIER SUITE & LOUNGE - POSTPONED
AUGUST
Saturday 1 - BELFAST - LETS ROCK - POSTPONED (SEE 7TH AUGUST 2021)
Friday 7 - LONDON - HOLBURN PIZZA EXPRESS - POSTPONED
Saturday 15 - EASTNOR CASTLE - LAKEFEST - POSTPONED (SEE 15TH AUGUST 2021)
Thursday 20 - MORECAMBE - PLATFORM
Saturday 29 - KENT - LETS ROCK - POSTPONED (SEE 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021)
Saturday 29 - TRING - PENDLEY MEADOW - Tickets
Sunday 30 - ESSEX - HAVERING FEST - POSTPONED
Monday 31 - SOUTHEND - GARONS PARK, DRIVE-IN SHOW - CANCELLED
SEPTEMBER
Friday 4 - SOUTHEND - CLIFFS PAVILION - POSTPONED (20 FEBRUARY 2021)
Saturday 5 - LAVENHAM - POP-UP THEATRE (THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE)
Sunday 6 - BROMLEY - CHURCHILL THEATRE - POSTPONED
Saturday 12 - EPSOM - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE - POSTPONED (13th October 2021)
Sunday 13 - CUFFLEY - COLESDOWN FARM, OPEN AIR SHOW, CENTRE FORCE RADIO, PARTY IN THE PARK
Friday 18 - BOGNOR REGIS - BUTLINS - (POSTPONED - TBC)
Saturday 19 - HUNGERFORD - WARNER LITTLECOTE HOTEL
Sunday 20 - HUNSTANTON - THE PRINCESS THEATRE - POSTPONED (29th May 2021)
Thursday 24 - GATESHEAD - SAGE 2 - POSTPONED (25th September 2021)
Friday 25 - MILTON KEYNES - STABLES - POSTPONED (11th June 2021)
Saturday 26 - BURY ST EDMUNDS - APEX - POSTPONED (11th September 2021)
Sunday 27 - BREWOOD, WOLVERHAMPTON - CHILLINGTON HALL PARTY IN THE PARK - POSTPONED (26th September 2021)
OCTOBER
Friday 2 - DARTFORD - ORCHARD THEATRE - POSTPONED (6th May 2021)
Saturday 3 - STOCKPORT - PLAZA THEATRE
Friday 9 - LIVERPOOL - PHILHARMONIC - POSTPONED (17th September 2021)
Saturday 17 - CAMBER SANDS - PONTINS
Thursday 22 - STROUD - SUB ROOMS - POSTPONED (24th April 2021)
NOVEMBER
Sunday 1 - WESTON SUPER MARE - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE - POSTPONED (26th June 2021)
Saturday 7 - EASTLEIGH - CONCORDE
Friday 13 - TELFORD - OAKENGATES TOWN HALL - POSTPONED (2nd September 2021)
Thursday 19 - LONDON - INDIGO O2
Friday 20 - LONDON - BOISDALE, CANARY WHARF
Saturday 21 - LONDON - BOISDALE, CANARY WHARF
Friday 27 - LONDON - BOISDALE, CANARY WHARF
Saturday 28 - LONDON - BOISDALE, CANARY WHARF
Sunday 29 - NEWARK - WARNER, THORSEBY HALL
DECEMBER
Friday 11 - PRESTON - RIVA SHOWBAR PLAYBACK
Saturday 12 - ALTRINCHAM - CINAMON CLUB PLAYBACK - POSTPONED (30th April 2021)
Friday 18 - NORTHALLERTON - THE FORUM
Tuesday 19 - BLACKPOOL - IMPERIAL HOTEL
2021
JANUARY 2021
FRIDAY 8 - LONDON - JAZZ CAFÉ
FEBRUARY 2021
FRIDAY 5 - STOCKPORT - PLAZA
SATURDAY 6 - BASINGSTOKE - HAYMARKET
SATURDAY 13 - ILKLEY - KINGS HALL
SATURDAY 20 - SOUTHEND - CLIFFS PAVILION
MARCH 2021
SATURDAY 13 - WHITBY - SPA PAVILION
SATURDAY 20 - LYMINGTON - SHOREFIELD HOLIDAY PARK SOUL WEEKENDER
FRIDAY 26 - BEDFORD - CORN EXCHANGE
APRIL 2021
MONDAY 5 - BREWOOD, WOLVERHAMPTON - CHILLINGTON HALL PARTY IN THE PARK
FRIDAY 16 - ISLE OF MAN - VILLA MARINA
FRIDAY 23 - GERMANY, HAMBURG - BALTIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 24 - STROUD - SUB ROOMS
SUNDAY 25 - BIDEFORD - DURANT HOUSE HOTEL
FRIDAY 30 - NORTHALLERTON – FORUM THEATRE
MAY 2021
SATURDAY 1 - MANCHESTER - FOOD & GROOVE FESTIVAL
THURSDAY 6 - DARTFORD - ORCHARD THEATRE
FRIDAY 7 - CHRISTCHURCH - REGENT CENTRE
SATURDAY 15 - MALVERN - FORUM THEATRE
SUNDAY 16 - MINEHEAD BUTLINS
SATURDAY 22 - COOKHAM, BERKSHIRE - LET'S ROCK
SATURDAY 29 - HUNSTANTON - PRINCESS THEATRE
SUNDAY 30 - PETERBOROUGH – CRESSET
JUNE 2021
FRIDAY 11 - MILTON KEYNES - STABLES
SUNDAY 13 - BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND - FESTIVAL PARTY IN PARK
FRIDAY 18 - ALTRINCHAM – BOWDEN ROOMS
SATURDAY 19 - CHESTER - ALEXANDER'S LIVE
FRIDAY 25 - WESTON SUPER MARE - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
JULY 2021
SATURDAY 3 - HUNGERFORD - WARNER LITTLECOTE HOTEL
SUNDAY 4 - THETFORD - LYNFORD HALL HOTEL - CANCELLED
FRIDAY 9 - SANDBANKS – BEACH
SATURDAY 10 - TRING FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 11 - OXFORDSHIRE - CORNBURY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 16 - FROME - MEMORIAL HALL
FRIDAY 23 - ILKLEY – KINGS HALL
AUGUST 2021
SATURDAY 7 - BELFAST - LETS ROCK
FRIDAY 13 - LEDBURY - FLOATING FESTIVAL (LAKEFEST)
FRIDAY 20 - MORECAMBE PLATFORM
SEPTEMBER 2021
THURSDAY 2 - TELFORD - OAKENGATES TOWN HALL
SATURDAY 4 - KENT - LET'S ROCK - AFTERNOON - BECKENHAM – SOUL TOWN FESTIVAL EVENING
FRIDAY 10 - COVENTRY - BELGRADE THEATRE
SATURDAY 11 - BURY, ST EDMUNDS - APEX
FRIDAY 17 - LIVERPOOL - PHILHARMONIC HALL
SATURDAY 25 - GATESHEAD - SAGE 2
SUNDAY 26 - WOLVERHAMPTON - DUBS FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 2021
WEDNESDAY 13 - EPSOM - PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
FRIDAY 15 - PRESTON - RIVA
FRIDAY 22 - LONDON - INDIGO 02
SATURDAY 30 - CONNAHS QUAY - NAVAL CLUB
NOVEMBER 2021
SATURDAY 6 - EASTLEIGH – CONCORDE
FRIDAY 26 - HAMBURG GERMANY – BALTIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 27 - BILSTON – ROBIN 2

DECEMBER 2021
SATURDAY 18 - BLACKPOOL – IMPERIAL HOTEL

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We are Eddy, Chris and Dave and we are The Real Thing! Formed in Toxteth, Liverpool in 1972, we have had hits with You to Me are Everything, Can't Get By Without You and Feel the Force. We are still touring and gigging, and we love our fans!
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Which songs of ours do you want to hear at the Soul Funk Weekender Shorefield Country Park? We love a weekender so we’re really looking forward to this one! #feeltheforce #soul #weekender
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‪Don’t forget to listen to our #BestOf #Album! Available on digital retailers, supermarkets or record stores now! #YouToMeAreEverything #CantGetByWithoutYou #TheRealThing
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Our dear brother #RayLake passed away exactly 20 years ago today. He was the original voice of #ChildrenOfTheGhetto. Much missed. #SomeoneOughtaWriteASongAboutYou #TheRealThing #RIPRayLake
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What a lineup! Can’t wait to see some familiar faces at Cornbury Festival this summer!

Tickets available here: https://cornburyfestival.com/tickets

#LetsGoDisco #Summer #Cornbury20
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Who’s starting their week off with our new ‘Best Of’ album? It includes a brand new single!

https://therealthing.lnk.to/BestOfTW

#ChildrenOfTheGhetto #YouToMeAreEverything
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If you missed our session for The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday, you can listen to it again here 📻:
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