The Real Thing are one of the very few black British soul bands to achieve world success. The band, originally called The Sophisticated Soul Brothers, was formed in 1972 by Chris Amoo, Dave Smith and Kenny Davis with help from Chris’ elder brother Eddie who was a member of the acapela group “The Chants”. They won Opportunity Knocks and worked with David Essex in the recording studio as well as supporting him on his tour.
Chris and Eddie Ammo formed a song writing partnership and the band went on to record “You To Me Are Everything”, one of the biggest dance hits of all time, reaching No 1 on the UK singles chart in 1976. The band had three million-selling singles in the 1970s; “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Can You Feel The Force”.
Their first album “Real Thing” was released in 1976 and reached No 16 on the charts. The band recorded three more albums between 1977 and 1980; “Four from Eight” in 1977, “Step Into Our World” in 1978 and the compilation “100 minutes” in 1982. The band had eight more hit singles including “Whenever You Want My Love” in 1978 and “Can You Feel The Force” in 1979.
The Real Thing’s biggest singles “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Can You Feel The Force” were remixed in 1986 and became huge hits once again.
The Real Thing have been in the business for over 40 years and the current line-up sees the three original vocalists Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith performing with their own 5-piece band.