'Children of the Ghetto' has been a hit for many soul artists. I will miss him very much. “I met him in 1975,” Eddie told me, “and I played him one of my songs, A Man Without a Face. ), This page was last edited on 19 August 2020, at 13:11.

“I have a theory,” said Eddie, “that so much racism isn’t racism at all but teenage boredom. Today I lost my good friend #EddyAmoo, the founding father of #TheRealThing. Christopher Charles Amoo (born 14 October 1952) is a singer-songwriter and the lead singer of English soul group, The Real Thing. “We had to find ways to tweak the songs,” said Eddie, “We wanted to re-energise and revitalise them without changing what made them popular.” This included rapping, and the group kept fit so that they looked good on stage. When I started, I had nothing but the ability to sing.”. Explore david s paton's photos on Flickr. [4][5], As a member of The Real Thing, he had great success with "You to Me Are Everything", "Can't Get By Without You", and "Can You Feel the Force?".

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In 2013 the Real Thing recorded a live album and DVD at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, and a documentary film about their career, directed by Simon Sheridan, is in its final stages. david s paton has uploaded 37323 photos to Flickr. Explore releases from Chris Amoo at Discogs. Eddie Amoo married his wife, Sylvia, in 1964 rather than 1974. Can't believe the talented #EddyAmoo of the #RealThing has passed away.

Born in the city, Eddie was the son of another Liverpudlian, Moya, and her husband, Robert, a seaman from Ghana. Eddy will long be remembered as a tour de force in British music and he will be sorely missed.”. [6], In March 1977, the song he co-wrote with brother "You'll Never Know What You're Missing" was at No 23 in the Billboard chart, having been at No. Eddie recalled his mother taking him to see Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers at the Liverpool Empire in 1957.

and Can’t Get By Without You.

This article was amended on 26 February 2018.

Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Chris Amoo at the Discogs Marketplace. The television presenter and actor Floella Benjamin tweeted that Amoo was “a gem to work with” on the film Black Joy, which was released in 1977, and that his legacy would live on.

Amoo’s friend Simon Sheridan told the BBC that Amoo, who was an “inspirational character”, died suddenly.

[14], In the Crufts 2013 event, his Afghan hound won third place in its class. So sad❤️ ❤️@EddyChrisDave. #RIPEddyAmoo #YouToMeAreEverything pic.twitter.com/LgGnZrCIs5. 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, On the band’s website, he was described as “a showman, a songwriter and a legend in British music. He was one of the most youthful 73-year-olds I've ever known. The band’s other hits include Can You Feel The Force? I was so lucky to have an outlet for my frustration and life’s been good to me. He said, ‘It’s too heavy, man.’ I wasn’t expecting that reaction.

Amoo was born on 14 October 1952 in Liverpool, England. Although black soul music was appreciated by British record-buyers, they had shown little interest in homegrown examples. The Liverpool 8 Medley is Eddie Amoo’s testimony to the streets he loved.

As a successful dog breeder, he and his wife Julie Amoo entered their dog into the Crufts event and the dog won the 1987 Best in Show title. A three-track medley of nearly 12 minutes included Children of the Ghetto, which was not a hit for the Real Thing but taken up very successfully by Philip Bailey (best known as a singer with Earth, Wind and Fire), Courtney Pine and Mary J Blige.

Lead singer with the Real Thing, the band that shot to fame in the 1970s with hits such as You to Me Are Everything, Sun 25 Feb 2018 10.29 EST First published on Sat 24 Feb 2018 09.16 GMT. Julia has 8 jobs listed on their profile.

In 1976, somewhat against the odds, the Real Thing topped the UK charts with You to Me Are Everything, a song that became a disco classic. Eddie was caught with a knife and sent to borstal. May his musical soul rest in peace. He continues to appear as a judge in various dog show events.

In March 1984, a single recorded with Debby Bishop was released on EMI. A #Liverpool legend and a pioneer of British black music. Eddy was a showman and a legend. Eddie coached the band, which included Dave Smith and Ray Lake, and they toured with David Essex, who used them on the hit album All the Fun of the Fair (1975) and later on the hit single Me and My Girl (Night-Clubbing) (1982).