Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are back on the road in 2016 and ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with a 24 date UK tour. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single ‘‘You To Me Are Everything’, the Liverpool based trio 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.
With the band’s origins in the Merseybeat boom of the 1960s, lead singer Eddie Amoo formed The Real Thing with brother Chris Amoo, Ray Lake and Dave Smith. Spotted by an ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ, Tony Hall, they signed to Pye Records in 1975, with ‘You To Me Are Everything’ sailing to the top of the UK singles chart the following year. The band went on to have a further nine hits over a three year period which included ‘Can’t Get By Without You’, and ‘Can You Feel The Force’, both of which were top five success stories.
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. Now featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with the bands own hits, the 70s trio will also perform well-known soul and funk classics from the likes of Kool and the Gang and Chic along with more temporary tracks including Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’.
“There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music because it will never die,”
“But we also like to incorporate outside contemporary chart influences in our music.”
explains singer Eddie.
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.
In more recent times, they recorded a cover of The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and have released “The Singles Collection”, a 35-track double album. The Real Thing regularly perform at the Rewind the 80’s festivals and the Here and Now festivals alongside such artists as Rick Astley, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Kool and the Gang and Chic.
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Eastbourne Hippodrome Theatre
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