The Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo dies at 74
Eddy Amoo, the lead singer of the British soul group The Real Thing has died aged 74. Amoo was a vocalist and songwriter with the pioneering Liverpool quartet.
The singer-songwriter died suddenly on Friday (Feb. 23) in Australia, according to a statement from his brother Chris, and Dave Smith who still play in the band.
They tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our brother and inspiration, Eddy Amoo, who passed away on 23rd February, age 74.”
Moreover, on the band’s website he was described as “a showman, a songwriter and a legend in British music. Eddy will long be remembered as a tour de force in British music and he will be sorely missed.”
The Real Thing formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song “You to Me Are Everything“, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 28 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100.
By number of sales, they were the most successful black rock/soul act in England during the 1970s.