The Real Thing


  1. 1.
    You To Me Are Everything
  2. 2.
    Can't Get By Without You
  3. 3.
    You to Me Are Everything (Original 12" Version)
  4. 4.
    Can You Feel the Force
  5. 5.
    You to Me Are Everything
Formed in 1970, Britain’s longest-established soul band, The Real Thing, are still performing after an incredible 50 years together.
Now best known for their legendary hits “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Can You Feel the Force” as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, “Children of the Ghetto” (most recently covered by singer Mary J Blige), The Real Thing remain Britain’s most successful black group of all-time.
Hailing from Toxteth in Liverpool, the original quartet – brothers Eddy and Chris Amoo, Dave Smith and Ray Lake – was sometimes dubbed ‘The Black Beatles’ in the British press, but their distinctive transatlantic vocal sound and good looks brought them a completely different audience.
A documentary about the group’s amazing career “Everything – The Real Thing Story”, directed by Simon Sheridan, premiered in London’s West End in October 2019 and led to the release of “Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)” written by Ken Gold and Mick Denne and recorded in the autumn of 1976, but never previously heard before.


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