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Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing to come to Malvern

Craig Gibbons 24th Apr, 2017

MULTI-MILLION selling soul band The Real Thing are coming to Malvern as part of their nationwide tour.

Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith along with their five-piece band, the trio are set to deliver a funky retro show at Malvern’s Forum Theatre on Thursday, May 11.

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.

They were also one of the top ten best selling bands of 1986.

Formed by lead singer Chris Amoo and David Smith in 1972, they added Ray Lake (who has since sadly passed away), Kenny Davis and Eddie Ankrah with Kenny and Eddie leaving two years later.

Continuing as a trio, in 1975 they added Eddy Amoo, brother of Chris, who had been helping in the band’s development.

Spotted by ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Hall, The Real Thing were snapped up by Pye Records and the 1976 release ‘You to Me Are Everything’ sailed to the top of the UK singles chart.

The band went on to have a further nine hits over a three-year period including ‘Can’t Get by Without You’, and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, both of which were top five success stories.

The band’s iconic album ‘4 from 8’ was released in 1977 and contained the ‘L8 medley’ which included the classic track ‘Children of the Ghetto’.

In 1986 ‘You to MeAre 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 ten single with ‘So Much Love to Give’ which featured The Real Thing resulting in the band charting across three decades.

Visit www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/the-real-thing/ for more details including ticket prices.

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