This disco classic was a million-seller for Cheryl Lynn, who released it as her first single after being discovered on The Gong Show, where she sang a rendition of "You Are So Beautiful
" that blew away the judges. The Gong Show wasn't a typical place to spot new talent (unless you were looking for someone to belch the alphabet), but Lynn made quite and impact on the show, drawing the attention of CBS Records.
"Got To Be Real" was by far her biggest hit, reaching #12 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. The follow-up, "Star Love" was her next highest entry on the Hot 100, but she was a regular on the R&B chart, where she scored another chart-topper with "Encore."