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The Real Thing to perform disco classics this summer

PUBLISHED: 17:03 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:03 12 July 2016

The Real Thing notched up nine hits in three years in the 1970s

The Real Thing notched up nine hits in three years in the 1970s

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The group have had hits across three decades

Soul band The Real Thing, famous for their disco hits of the Seventies and Eighties, are set to perform in Dartford and Gravesend this summer.

The group’s three original vocalists, Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, are on tour with their five-piece band, playing an ‘in your face’ show with a strong ‘retro flavour’.

Blending their classic songs with contemporary grooves, the tour marks the 40th anniversary of the release of their debut hit single You to Me Are Everything.

Hailing from Liverpool, The Real Thing were spotted by ex-Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Hall and signed to Pye Records.

You To Me Are Everything sailed to the top of the UK singles chart in 1976, sparking a run of nine hit singles in three years, including Can’t Get by Without You and Can You Feel the Force.

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.

The song has since been covered by artists such as Mary J Blige, Courtney Pine and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire, and has been sampled by numerous hip hop artists, as well as being featured in the Spike Lee movie Clockers.

The Real Thing’s influence continued to be felt during the 1980s, as remixes of You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get by Without You and Can You Feel the Force became huge club hits.

In 2005, Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing was sampled by French dance outfit Daft Punk and re-titled So Much Love to Give, which became a top 10 hit for the Freeloaders in 2010, whose release featured The Real Thing and saw them chart across three decades.

The band recently recently released The Real Thing Live DVD and CD recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, celebrating 40 years on the road and including the concert in full, new material and a cover of The Beatles song Eleanor Rigby.

The Real Thing will play at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, at 7.30pm on July 31 and Gravesend’s Woodville Hall on Friday, October 7.

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