The Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo dies in Australia

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 24, 2018

"Eddy was a showman and a legend".

On the band's website, Amoo was honoured as "a showman, a songwriter and a legend in British music".

The statement continued: "Chris and Dave are devastated by the loss of their brother and friend Eddy".

Sheridan told the BBC that The Real Thing were "huge pioneers of black music in the UK" and were the first all-black British band to have a United Kingdom number one single.

'Eddy will long be remembered as a tour de force in British music and he will be sorely missed'.

In a statement, his fellow bandmates wrote: '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, Chris, and Dave had been working on a feature-length documentary about The Real Thing's career during the last 12 months of Eddy's life.

Just hours after confirming that Eddy had passed away, Chris and Dave announced that they will continue their tour in April.

Friend Simon Sheridan said he had died suddenly in Australia and paid tribute to him as an "inspirational character".

The Real Thing have been touring as a three-piece for many years and have large fanbase across the UK, Europe, Australia. 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'. "All March dates are cancelled - but they will continue as a two-piece, with their live band, from April 7 and through 2018".

He wrote on Twitter: "Today I lost my good friend #EddyAmoo, the founding father of #TheRealThing".

"He was one of the most youthful 73-year-old's I've ever known", he told his 1,020 followers. "A #Liverpool legend and a pioneer of British black music".

Their other hits included Can't Get By Without You, while French house duo The Freeloaders took them back into the charts in 2005 by sampling their song Love's Such a Wonderful Thing.

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