The Real Thing first found chart success in 1976  with the pop-soul single “You to Me Are Everything”, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, . Their follow up “ Can’t Get By Without You” reached No 2.

In 1976, they released their first album entitled REAL THING and in 1977 their second album the legendary 4 from 8 which included the first version of their classic “ Children Of The Ghetto

In 1978 they put out  Step Into Our World, (reissued in 1979 as Can You Feel the Force  During the time period, they accumulated eight more hit singles including  “Can You Feel The Force” which climbed to No. 5 in 1979,
In 1986, the band enjoyed a chart resurgence with the remixing of several of their hits. “You to Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix)”  peaking at No. 5 during a 12-week run in spring “Can’t Get By Without You (the Second Decade Remix)” rose almost as high to No. 6, remaining for a consecutive 13 weeks & Can You Feel the Force” (’86 Remix) climbed to No. 24.