The Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo dies at 74

Singer Eddy Amoo
The singer had a number one hit with You to Me Are Everything Credit: @EddyChrisDave/Twitter

Singer Eddie Amoo has died aged 74, his bandmates from UK soul group The Real Thing have confirmed.

His brother Chris Amoo, and singer Dave Smith – who both still perform in the chart-topping band – shared the news of his death on Twitter.

"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", they wrote, praising Amoo as "Liverpool's greatest showman".

Both musicians have said they will continue to tour as The Real Thing. “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,” they said, in a further statement on Twitter.

Formed in Liverpool in 1972, The Real Thing reached number one in the UK charts with their 1976 single You to Me Are Everything, scoring further top 20 hits with Can't Get By Without You, You'll Never Know What You're Missing and Can You Feel the Force?

Liverpool celebrities including Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson, actress and Liberal Democrat peer Floella Benjamin, and former Radio 2 presenter Pete Price have shared their condolences on social media. Amoo "had a smile that would make you melt," Price wrote, while Benjamin said "his legacy & music will live on".

Benjamin praised Amoo for his work on her 1977 film Black Joy, which included The Real Thing's music on its soundtrack. "[Amoo] was a gem to work with on the film", she wrote.

Simon Sheridan, a friend of Amoo who is currently working on a documentary about the band, said the singer had died suddenly in Australia. He told the BBC Amoo's death had come as "a complete shock", and praised The Real Thing as "huge pioneers of black music in the UK".