you to me are everything


There was a change in the air in music in 1976. That there is no doubt…

We were undoubtedly bored of all the Prog Rock dinosaurs and fluffy pop for that is not for question. However while things were stirring in London town back in Orrell, near Wigan we had a life to live. There were girls in cheesecloth shirts, cap-sleeve tees and big baggy trousers to chat up. Add in to the mix lots and lots of underage drinking; be it in The Delph, Queens Arms, The Station, The Rose, Robin or Saturday and Sunday nights at  Orrell Rugby. Oh, and add in one of the hottest-ever summers and it meant it was a heady, heady time. We may have thought we were David Bowie and Bryan Ferry – oh how we thought we were David Bowie and Bryan Ferry – but if the truth was to be told the girls weren’t bothered with all that pretentious bollocks and they just wanted to dance. And of course wherever the girls go the boys will follow.  So despite ourselves you could often find our little gang on the rugby club’s dance floor. They were great, great times.

A few days ago my I was reminded about those times. The catalyst for my trek back in time was the death of Eddie Amoo from The Real Thing. See The Real Thing were massive in 1976: They were stratospheric massive at the Orrell Rugby Club Saturday and Sunday discos. You To Me Are Everything was THE tune back then: As well as the tune the lyrics are a lesson in how to write a love song. It was and still is an absolutely magnificent piece of music so when the news of Eddie Amoo’s passing came through I played that song again; along with Can’t Get By Without You, Can You Feel The Force and Children of The Ghetto. They are all utter masterpieces…

And while I was thinking back to those disco days I had a look at what was in the charts back then and found these 21 utterly wonderful songs – all of which (I know for sure) were played at the rugby club disco. All of which are bona fide classics!

Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything

Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free

The Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You

Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me

Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music

Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together

Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby

Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire

Yvonne Fair – It Should Have Been Me

Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

Andrea True Connection – More More More

The Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You

Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You

The Miracles – Love Machine

The Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing

The Four Seasons – Silver Star

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Now Is The Time

Diana Ross – Love Hangover

Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

They knock the spots off every single song that is in the UK charts at the moment and likely to be for the remainder of the year. And there was us thinking music needed a kick up the arse at the time…

Rest easy Eddie and thanks for the memories


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