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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

2022
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
FRIDAY 4 - BROXBOURNE - SPOTLIGHT
SATURDAY 5 - HORNCHUCH - QUEENS THEATRE
SATURDAY 12 - LONDON - JAZZ CAFE
MARCH
FRIDAY 4 - BROXBOURNE - SPOTLIGHT
FRIDAY 18 - BEDFORD - CORN EXCHANGE
SATURDAY 19 - MINEHEAD - BUTLINS
THURSDAY 31 - LONDON - BOISDALE
APRIL
FRIDAY 1 - LONDON - BOISDALE
SATURDAY 2 - PLYMOUTH - CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
MONDAY 18 - WOLVERHAMPTON - DUBS COLLECTIVE
SATURDAY 23 - BIDEFORD - DURRANT HOUSE HOTEL
FRIDAY 29 - MALVERN - FORUM THEATRE
MAY
SATURDAY 7 - CHRISTCHURCH - REGENT CENTRE
FRIDAY 13 - DUNSTABLE - GROVE THEATRE
SATURDAY 14 - MINEHEAD - BUTLINS
SATURDAY 28 - HUNSTANTON - PRINCESS THEATRE
JUNE
THURSDAY 2 - LONDON - PIZZA EXPRESS
FRIDAY 3 - FROME - MEMORIAL THEATRE
SATURDAY 11 - WHITBY - SPA PAVILION
FRIDAY 17 - MALDON - SOULTASIA
SATURDAY 18 - SKEGNESS - BUTLINS
FRIDAY 24 - ILKLEY - KINGS HALL
SATURDAY 25 - MANCHESTER - RITZ
JULY
FRIDAY 1 - DUFFIELD - DERBYSHIRE - THE EYES HAVE IT (MUSIC FESTIVAL)
SATURDAY 2 - TRING - CHILL FEST
FRIDAY 8 -SANDBANKS - BOOGIE ON THE BEACH
SATURDAY 9 - LINCOLN CASTLE - TICKETS
SUNDAY 10 - CHIPPING NORTON - CONBURY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 15 - BLYTH - PHOENIX THEATRE
SATURDAY 23 - BUCHAREST - REWIND DISCO FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 24 - SOLIHULL - SUMMER FEST
WEDNESDAY 27 - MANSFIELD - PALACE THEATRE
SATURDAY 30 - IPSWICH - GOLDEN HIND
AUGUST
FRIDAY 5 - CRAWLEY - HAWTH THEATRE
SATURDAY 6 - BANGOR IRELAND - LET'S ROCK IRELAND
SATURDAY 13 - LOWESTOFT - PONTINS PAKEFIELD
SUNDAY 21 - HENLEY - REWIND FESTIVAL
WEDNESDAY 24 - LONDON - BOISDALE
THURSDAY 25 - LONDON - BOISDALE
FRIDAY 26 - BOURNEMOUTH - PAVILION THEATRE
SEPTEMBER
SATURDAY 3 - BRANDON NORFOLK - LITTLE LODGE FARM (12 NOON) / BRANDON NORFOLK - LITTLE LODGE FARM (EVENING)
SUNDAY 4 - SOUTHEND - CLIFFS PAVILION
FRIDAY 16 - MORECAMBE - PLATFORM
SUNDAY 18 - CAMBFEST - CAMBOURNE CRICKET CLUB - TICKETS
FRIDAY 23 - TELFORD - THE PLACE
SATURDAY 24 - POTTERS BAR - WYLLOTTS THEATRE
SUNDAY 25 - DARTFORD - ORCHARD THEATRE
OCTOBER
FRIDAY 14 - GREAT YARMOUTH - VAUXHALL HOLIDAY PARK
SATURDAY 15 - STOCKPORT - PLAZA THEATRE
FRIDAY 21 - GATESHEAD - SAGE 2
SATURDAY 22 - LIVERPOOL - PHILHARMONIC
NOVEMBER
SATURDAY 5 - WIMBOURNE - TIVOLI THEATRE
FRIDAY 11 - SKEGNESS - BUTLINS
SATURDAY 12 - CANNOCK - PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE
FRIDAY 18 - EASTLEIGH - CONCORDE
SUNDAY 20 - BOGNOR - BUTLINS
FRIDAY 25 - MILTON KEYNES - STABLES
DECEMBER
SATURDAY 10 - 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 📻:
https://therealthing.lnk.to/MichaelBall2FA

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We're so happy to be celebrating a week of our documentary 'Everything - The Real Thing Story' on Netflix!

Who's been getting the popcorn out?🎬🍿

#Netflix #Everything https://t.co/Dml9ESXm3O
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After a successful stint on BBC iPlayer, we are very proud to announce that our critically-acclaimed documentary Everything - The Real Thing Story, directed by @SJASheridan , will be premiering on Netflix this Wednesday 10th August.

#Netflix #Everything #UkSoul https://t.co/H3yvg91hXI
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We have collaborated with our good friends at 4 Calling Birds, to create brand new merchandise for 'A Brand New Day'!
Their products are made from organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable energy powered factory.

https://t.co/EN6Iy1ZoaC

Tune into @loosewomen tomorrow for an interview and an exclusive performance from us! See you there! https://t.co/bNfJbGKIfN realthinguk photo