The Real Thing were four Liverpudlians who first came to public notice in the UK on television's talent show Opportunity Knocks
. After an unsuccessful spell with two other labels, their fortunes changed after signing with Pye Records. This was their first chart entry and 8 other hits followed over a 3 year period, including "Can't Get By Without You," also written by Ken Gold & Michael Denne, which reached #2. Most of their other hits were written by the Amoo brothers. In the mid 1980s, re-mixed versions of their '70s hits revived interest in them and a re-mixed version of this song by Froggy, Simon Harris & KC took the band back into the Top 5. The new version stayed on the UK charts for 13 weeks, two weeks more than the chart-topping original.
Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2