Eddy Amoo dies aged 74

Eddy Amoo from the soul band The Real Thing, has died aged 74, the group has announced.

The singer-songwriter died on Friday, according to a statement from his brother Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who are still in the Liverpool band that formed in 1972.

They tweeted: "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."

On the band’s website, he was described as “a showman, a songwriter and a legend in British music. Eddy will long be remembered as a tour de force in British music and he will be sorely missed.”

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.

Eddy was a Liverpool 8 lad and a true scouser and will be sadly missed.

Rest In Peace Eddy!

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