Chris Amoo - 'The Real Thing' Britain's Most Successful Black Group Ever, Pioneers Of Soul, Funk And Dance
My guest is Chris Amoo of ‘The Real Thing’, Britain’s most successful black group ever. They were pioneers of soul, funk and dance in the 1970s. Their first #1 hit was “You To Me Are Everything” and they went on to have many more hits. “Everything”, a documentary on the band, was broadcast on the BBC. Chris talks about growing up in Liverpool’s black ghetto, listening to American black music, and all their hits. And of course we do a Songfest.
My featured song in this episode is the live version of “1972” from the Project Grand Slam album Greetings From Serbia. Spotify link here.
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In this episode Chris and I discuss:
- His early music dream
- Discovering American black music like the Temptations
- Their manager, Tony Hall
- Growing up black in Britain
Chris and I do a Songfest featuring the following songs:
“You To Me Are Everything”
“Can’t Get By Without You”
“Children Of The Ghetto” (live)
“God Help The Child”
“Hang On Never Let Go”
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“All Of The Time” is Robert’s new single by his band Project Grand Slam. It’s a playful, whimsical love song. It’s light and airy and exudes the happiness and joy of being in love. The reviewers agree. Melody Maker gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Pure bliss…An intimate sound with abundant melodic riches!”. Pop Icon also gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Ecstasy…One of the best all-around bands working today!”. And Mob York City says simply “Excellence…A band in full command of their powers!” Watch the video here. You can stream “All Of The Time” on Spotify, Apple, Amazon or any of the other streaming platforms. And you can download it here.
“The Shakespeare Concert” is the latest album by Robert’s band, Project Grand Slam. It’s been praised by famous musicians including Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March, Joey Dee of Peppermint Twist fame, legendary guitarist Elliott Randall, and celebrated British composer Sarah Class. The music reviewers have called it “Perfection!”, “5 Stars!”, “Thrilling!”, and “A Masterpiece!”. The album can be streamed on Spotify, Apple and all the other streaming services. You can watch the Highlight Reel HERE. And you can purchase a digital download or autographed CD of the album HERE.
“The Fall Of Winter” is Robert’s single in collaboration with legendary rocker Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March and formerly with Survivor. Also featuring renowned guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers) and keyboard ace Tony Carey (Joe Cocker/Eric Burden). “A triumph!” (The Indie Source). “Flexes Real Rock Muscle!” (Celebrity Zone). Stream it on Spotify or Apple. Watch the lyric video here. Download it here.
Robert’s “Follow Your Dream Handbook” is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. It’s a combination memoir of his unique musical journey and a step by step how-to follow and succeed at your dream. Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
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