The Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo dies at 74

He passed away suddenly in Australia

The Real Thing’s Eddy Amoo has passed away at the age of 74.

Amoo was singer in the British soul group, who reached number one in the UK during 1976 with their best-known hit ‘You To Me Are Everything’. Hear that classic track beneath.

Their other hits included ‘Can You Feel The Force’ and ‘Can’t Get By Without You’.

Amoo passed away on Friday (February 23) in Australia. His death was sudden and the cause is not yet known.

The news was confirmed by Amoo’s brother Chris and bandmate Dave Smith, the two sole surviving members of the group.

“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,” a tweet from Chris and Dave read.

“Eddy was a showman and a legend,” they added, describing him as “Liverpool’s greatest showman” and saying that he “would be proud and humbled” by the fan tributes.

Chris and Dave have indicated that they will continue to tour as The Real Thing, with Chris saying: “The fans’ support makes us realise how much love there is for The Real Thing, so we’re doing this for them, and for Eddy, whose wish it would be for us to still feel the force.”

TV presenter and actor Floella Benjamin has paid tribute to Amoo, describing him as a “gem” and saying that his “legacy and music will love on”. The pair worked together on the 1977  film Black Joy.

Filmmaker and broadcaster Simon Sheridan described Amoo as a “good friend” and “a Liverpool legend and a pioneer of British black music”.

“He was one of the most youthful 73-year-olds I’ve ever known,” Sheridan added.