Chris Amoo

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Chris Amoo
Birth name Christopher Charles Amoo
Born 14 October 1952
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dog competition judge, dog breeder
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts The Real Thing

Christopher Charles Amoo (born 14 October 1952) is a singer-songwriter and the lead singer of English soul group, The Real Thing. He is also a dog breeder, and judge at the dog shows including Crufts, where he had great success with his Afghan Hound, Viscount Grant.

Background[edit]

Amoo was born on 14 October 1952 in Liverpool, England.[1] He came from a mixed-race background that includes Ghanaian and Irish.[2] His grandfather who was Ghanaian married his grandmother who was Irish. He was also the brother of Eddie Amoo, also a member of The Real Thing.[3] He was married to Julie Amoo. Eddie died on 23 February 2018.[4][5]

Music[edit]

The Real Thing[edit]

As a member of The Real Thing, he had great success with "You to Me Are Everything", "Can't Get By Without You", and "Can You Feel the Force?".[6]

In March 1977, the song he co-wrote with brother "You'll Never Know What You're Missing" was at No 23 in the Billboard charts, having been at no 23 the previous week.[7]

Solo[edit]

In 1981, his single "This Must Be Love", (a Phil Collins composition) bw "You'll Never Know What You're Missing" was released on the Precision label.[8] In March 1984, a single recorded with Debby Bishop was released on EMI. The song "No Choir of Angels" was backed with "Love Talk".[9] In April that year, along with Alan Price and others, he appeared on final episode of a show hosted by Marti Caine.[10][11]

In 1976 he sang on early versions of Forever Autumn and Thunder Child during Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds project. His vocal performances were never used.

Discography[edit]

Singles
Title Release info Year Notes
"This Must Be Love" / "You'll Never Know What You're Missing" Precision PAR 118 1981
" No Choir of Angels" / "Love Talk" EMI 5455 1984 Credited to Chris Amoo and Debby Bishop
A1. "You To Me Are Everything" (Disco Dude Mix), A2. "You To Me Are Everything" (Disco Universal Dub)
B1. "You To Me Are Everything" (Album Version), B2. "You To Me Are Everything" (Disco Instrumental)
Polydor SUNLPR 01 1998 Credited to Sunzet featuring Chris Amoo of the Real Thing

[12]

Dog shows[edit]

As a successful dog breeder, he and his wife Julie Amoo entered their dog into the Crufts event and the dog won the 1987 Best in Show title.[13] Also that year he was one of the Easter Team Match judges at The Junior Handlers Club.[14]

In the Crufts 2013 event, his Afghan hound won third place in its class.[15]

In 2015, he was a judge at the Irish Wolfhound, Levriero irlandese – 25th French Breed Show event.[16]

In May 2016, he was on the judges panel at the CAC show.[17] Also in 2016, he was a judge at E.I.W.C 2016.[18]

Television[edit]

List
Title Episode Role Director / Producer Year Notes #
Marti Episode #5.5 Himself Brian Whitehouse (Dir.), Stewart Morris (Prod.) 1984 Host: Marti Caine[10][11][19]
Crufts 88 Himself Neil Eccles (Prod.) 1988 [20]
After They Were Famous Episode #2.4 Himself 2000
Hit Me Baby 1 More Time Episode #1.4 Himself 2005 [21]

Radio[edit]

List
Title Episode Role Director / Producer Year Notes #
Motown on the Mersey Himself James Crawford (Prod.) 2007 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soulwalking the real thing
  2. ^ Leigh, Spencer (25 February 2018). "Eddie Amoo obituary". the Guardian. 
  3. ^ The Tottenhen Independent, 8 April 2016 The Real Thing bring their 40th anniversary tour to Edmonton – Mattie Lacey-Davidson
  4. ^ "Eddy Amoo: The Real Thing singer dies at 73". BBC News. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Connor (23 February 2018). "Liverpool band The Real Thing star Eddy Amoo has died". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Joined-Up Thinking, By Stevyn Colgan Round 5, I'D RATHER HAVE A FULL BOTTLE IN FRONT OF ME...
  7. ^ Billboard, 28 March 1977 Page 75 Billboard Hits Of The World, Britain
  8. ^ 45cat Record Details, Chris Amoo, Catalogue: PAR 118
  9. ^ 45cat Record Details, Chris Amoo And Debby Bishop, Catalogue: EMI 5455
  10. ^ a b BBC Genome Project Marti Caine, BBC Two England, 10 April 1984, Contributors
  11. ^ a b The Glasgow Herald, Tuesday 10 April 1984 TV: Compiled by DAVID BELCHER, BBC2, 9.0 Marti Caine
  12. ^ Discogs Chris Amoo Discography
  13. ^ The Birmingham Mail, 5 March 2013 – The battle to be top dog is on as Birmingham prepares for Crufts
  14. ^ The Junior Handlers Club History, Interesting Milestones: 1987
  15. ^ Daily Mail, 7 March 2013 – Meeoow, we like the cat suit... but isn't this a dog show? Classy canine arrives for first day of Crufts sporting a tiger print onesie
  16. ^ Irish Wolfhound Irish Wolfhound- Levriero irlandese – 25th French Breed Show ” Nationale D’Elevage RALIE”
  17. ^ EIWC CAC Show For all Sighthound and Mediterranean Breeds
  18. ^ R.A.L.I.E. Agenda 2016, Congrès E.I.W.C. 2016
  19. ^ Imdb The Marti Caine Show (TV Series), Episode #5.5 (1984), Full Cast & Crew
  20. ^ BBC Genome Project Crufts 88, BBC Two England, 7 February 1988
  21. ^ IMdb Chris Amoo , Filmography, Self
  22. ^ BBC Genome Project Motown on the Mersey, BBC Radio 2, 6 March 2007