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Success for Black British musicians in the UK was pretty rare until the last quarter of the 20th century, with the likes of Winifred Atwell and Shirley Bassey breaking through in the '50s and '60s for others to eventually follow. Atwell was the first Black musician — male or female — to have a UK No.1 with "Let's Have Another Party," but it took until the long, hot summer of 1976 for the first all-Black group to grab the top spot. That group was The Real Thing, four pioneers from Liverpool whose emergence played a key role in changing the musical landscape on England's shores. Simon Sheridan's documentary EVERYTHING – THE REAL THING STORY lets the surviving members of the group tell their own story, recalling their rise from the tough streets of Toxteth in Liverpool to winning over hundreds of thousands of fans across the UK. But it's a story that must be told against the background of overt racism during the '70s and '80s, a time when racial tensions were boiling over due to constant incitement by right-wing neo-Nazi groups.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Director
    Simon Sheridan
  • Screenwriter
    Simon Sheridan
  • Producer
    Simon Sheridan
  • Cast
    Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo, Dave Smith, Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde, David Essex, Trevor Nelson, Paul Barber, Louis Emerick; narrated by Jacob Anderson