THE REAL THING WILL BE LIVE ON STAGE 9PM
In the mid-seventies, the growth of soul and its prominence on the British Pop Charts was epitomised by Liverpudlian pals , THE REAL THING.
“YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING” was their first massive success, hitting the No. 1 position within a few weeks of release. This was to mark the beginning of a four year period between 1976 and 1980 in which they were rarely out of the charts, another No.2 hit, “CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU” and other tracks such as “YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING”, “WHENEVER YOU WANT MY LOVE” and the classic “CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE” which crossed over from the dance charts into the main UK charts where it was a smash reaching No. 5.
The early eighties saw the band out of the limelight in terms of recording, but they had maintained an extremely busy agenda on the performing front becoming one of the most sought after acts on the student and club circuit. Although to an extent out of the public eye, this period of their career proved that they were once more going to be a force on the jazz-funk scene, due to their resilience and knack of cultivating a whole new group of followers.
1986 arrived and all at once, a decade after their initial successes, THE REAL THING found themselves back once again in the limelight. In fact, it was one of their close friends who saw the potential. He had been playing a number of their songs on his radio shows and at his gigs and the response to them was extraordinary strong. On his advise they released a remixed version of “YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING” and history began to repeat itself , with the track once again becoming a top 5 hit. Likewise they followed this into the charts with remixes of “CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU” which reached No. 6 and “CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE”.