Original 70s & 80s Star Names

The Real Thing

"You To Me Are Everything" was the first massive success for the Real Thing; this original 70s & 80s Star Name group is available to hire for events.

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    In the mid-seventies, the growth of Soul and its prominence on the British Pop Charts were epitomised by Liverpudlian childhood pals The Real Thing.

    The Real Thing features two original vocalists, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, who have performed together for over 40 years. This soulful group first formed in 1974 and appeared on the talent show “Opportunity Knocks” (The X Factor of the 70s!).

    ‘You To Me Are Everything’ was their first massive success, hitting the #1 position within a few weeks of release. This was to mark the beginning of a four year period between 1976 and 1980 in which they were rarely out of the charts.

    The 1980s saw the band out of the limelight in terms of recording, but they maintained an extremely busy agenda on the performing front, becoming one of the most sought after acts on the student and club circuit. This period of their career proved that they were once more going to be a strong force on the Jazz and Funk scene.

    1986 arrived and all at once, a decade after their initial successes, The Real Thing found themselves back in the limelight once again. On the advice of a good friend, the band remixed ‘You To Me Are Everything’ and history began to repeat itself with the track becoming a Top 5 Hit. They followed this into the charts with remixes of ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Force’.

    Over 40 years together, selling over 3 million records in the 70s that were re-mixed and became hits again in the 80s!

    Available with a fully live 5 piece band or on playback, the group continues to wow audiences around the globe at festivals, corporate events, theatres, and private parties.

    For more information on booking or hiring The Real Thing please contact Big Foot Events on 01253 351100.

  • Set List

      • You To Me Are Everything -
      • Can't Get By Without You -
      • Can You Feel The Force -
      • Raining Through My Sunshine -
      • Children Of The Ghetto -
      • Whenever You Want My Love -
      • Ladies Night -
      • Celebration -
      • Good Times -
      • Ain't No Stopping Us Now -
      • You'll Never Know What You're Missing -
      • Love's Such A Wonderful Thing -
      • Reprise Of You To Me Are Everything -
      • Feel The Force (Encore) -

    “Thank you for the acts this last weekend, MP2 and the Real Thing were superb!!! We had an awesome weekend, loads of happy campers! Please could you pass on my thanks!”
    – Mortons Media Group

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