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.

  • 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.

      • 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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  • Just a quick one to say how amazing everything went at our function thanks to Big Foot Events! From the very beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure everything was looked after without giving me too much hassle either! The Photo Booth, Candy Floss Cart and Popcorn Cart were all fantastic and a great hit with all of our family and friends and the staff running them were absolutely amazing! They were all set up and ready to go well before the event started and made sure they were always helpful! So a massive thank you to you all!

    Megan Chungh – Park Hotel, Newcastle
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our snapdragon festival this year. Once again Rex was a massive hit and the children and adults loved him. The two members of staff that came to the event were very professional and catered to any requests we had.

    Amy Casey – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • We absolutely love having Noughty 90’s here, such lovely people and amazing sets! They had everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.

    George – Golden Sands Holiday Park
  • It was absolutely incredible, I cannot thank you guys enough for how amazing it all was. The Ranger and Rex were outstanding, every single guest loved them to pieces and we certainly had the wow factor for our wedding. Just the idea of having a dinosaur is one thing, but the way Rex, Trixxie and the Ranger worked tirelessly to entertain the entire wedding party just added to the overall effect. We've had non-stop comments from those who attended saying it was pure magic, videos of the experience have gone viral and we even had guests from the hotel desperate to catch a glimpse of Rex. I cannot overstate how incredible you all have been, from the day a weirdo messaged Lauren asking for a dinosaur at their wedding, to speaking with Jade to coordinate everything and then finally meeting Rex and the Ranger on the big day. Everything worked out a million times better than I ever thought possible, and my dad was very pleased to see Rex was appropriately dressed with his bow tie. Amazing, amazing, amazing, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

    Mr & Mrs Pravitt – Private Wedding, Stoke On Trent
  • Both acts went down a storm at the weekend. Really pleased with everything! Madonna did all the hits and even included some iconic costume changes! She had the audience up Voguing at the front! ABBA Fever had the crowd on their feet from the start and would be a worthy headliner in the future.

    Andrew Edmeads – Frimley Lodge, Surrey
  • The evening on Saturday was wonderful, Planet Abba we're superb and also so welcoming to the audience. As you know this is the 3rd year in a row I have used your agency and as always you have given me a wonderful evening, thank you.

    Barry Herridge – Ely Beet Sports & Social Club

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