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The Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo dies at 74
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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.

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. Eddy was a showman and a legend. Please leave your messages here. Much love, Chris and Dave. The Real Thing #eddyamoo pic.twitter.com/2cW9teaVnh

— The Real Thing (@EddyChrisDave) February 23, 2018

Thank you for all love shown to Liverpool's greatest showman. Eddy would be proud and humbled #eddyamoo #therealthing #greatestshowman #liverpool #bestofbritish #liverpoolsfinest #toxteth Your thoughts and comments mean so much to us ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xJfWWJvJAs

— The Real Thing (@EddyChrisDave) February 23, 2018

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.”

BREAKING: Chris and Dave will continue The Real Thing's 2018 tour from 7 April. Chris said "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." #eddyamoo pic.twitter.com/u30KTzSxLS

— The Real Thing (@EddyChrisDave) February 23, 2018

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.

Can't believe the talented #EddyAmoo of the #RealThing has passed away. He was a gem to work with on the film #BlackJoy & his legacy & music will live on. May his musical soul rest in peace. So sad❤️ ????❤️@EddyChrisDave

— Floella Benjamin (@FloellaBenjamin) February 23, 2018

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Today I lost my good friend #EddyAmoo, the founding father of #TheRealThing. He was one of the most youthful 73-year-olds I've ever known. A #Liverpool legend and a pioneer of British black music. I will miss him very much. #RIPEddyAmoo #YouToMeAreEverything pic.twitter.com/LgGnZrCIs5

— Simon Sheridan (@SJASheridan) February 23, 2018

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.

24/02/2018 14:24:40
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