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Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Singer Evelyn "Champagne" King first came to fame with the million-selling '70s disco smashes "Shame" and "I Don't Know if It's Right." Born July 1, 1960, in the Bronx, NY, she had a showbiz lineage. Her uncle was actor/singer/dancer Avon Long, who first played Sportin' Life in the play Porgy and Bess and later starred in the '70s play Bubblin' Brown Sugar. Her father, Erik King, was a singer and often augmented groups that appeared at New York's Apollo Theater. By her teens, King had relocated to Philadelphia with her mother, and began singing in several groups. To make ends meet, King and her mother became cleaning women. For a teenager, King's voice was quite mature; many at first thought she was a grown woman. While working one night at Philadelphia International Records' recording base, producer T. Life overheard some tantalizing vocals coming from a washroom. There he discovered 16-year-old Evelyn King and her mother. Signing the singer to a production deal and a contract with RCA, Life's first single with Evelyn "Champagne" King was "Dancin'"Dancin' "Dancin'." Her debut LP Smooth Talk was released August 1977. But it was a song written by John Fitch and Reuben Cross, called "Shame," that gave her career-launching success. The extended mix began gaining radio play and eventually the Top Ten on the R&B and pop charts by spring 1978. The follow-up, "I Don't Know if It's Right," also went gold, peaking at number seven R&B, number 23 pop in fall 1978. Smooth Talk went gold, and she made two more LPs with T. Life: Music Box and Call on Me. After teaming with a new producer, Kashif, King recorded two number one R&B hits during the early '80s, "I'm in Love" and "Love Come Down." Several of her LPs also placed high on the charts, including 1980's Call on Me, the following year's I'm in Love, and 1982's Get Loose. She signed to EMI-Manhattan in 1988, and was teamed with Leon F. Sylvers III for Flirt, which included the tender ballad "Kisses Don't Lie." On The Girl Next Door, the singer worked with house producer Marshall Jefferson. In 1990, King recorded the album I'll Keep a Light On for the British label Expansion, whose featured musicians were Larry Graham, Jeff Lorber, and Paul Jackson, Jr. She didn't return until 2007, when she released Open Book for RNB Entertainment. Many of the singer's classic sides are on Love Come Down: The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King. ~ Ed Hogan
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Albums by
Evelyn "Champagne" King

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    1 song

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    Give Me One Reason (Live)

    12 songs

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    Edges

    29 songs

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    The Essential Evelyn "Champagne" King

    15 songs

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    A Long Time Coming (Expanded)

    16 songs

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    So Romantic (Expanded)

    13 songs

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    Call on Me

    13 songs

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    Face to Face [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Music Box

    12 songs

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    Smooth Talk

    12 songs

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    Get Loose

    13 songs

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    Open Book

    4 songs

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    Dance All Nite

    5 songs

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    Dance Vault Remixes

    8 songs

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    Get Loose

    8 songs

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    I'm In Love

    8 songs

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    Smooth Talk

    1 song

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    Too Much to Me

    1 song

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    The Dance

    1 song

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    The Dance [Soul Seekerz Import Mix]

    9 songs

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    Shame

    12 songs

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    Platinum & Gold Collection

    18 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    15 songs

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    Love Come Down: The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King

    4 songs

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    4 Hits: Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Top Songs by
Evelyn "Champagne" King

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    Popularity
  2.   Shame
  3.   Love Come Down
  4.   I'm in Love
  5.   I Don't Know If It's Right
  6.   Betcha She Don't Love You
  7.   Kisses Don't Lie
  8.   Magnet
  9.   Show Me (Don't Tell Me)
  10.   Give It Up
  11.   Not That Kind of Party
  12.   The Show Is Over
  13.   (You Deserve) An Academy Award
  14.   What Are You Waiting For
  15.   Don't Hide Our Love
  16.   Sweet Delight
  17.   Bedroom Eyes
  18.   Talk Don't Hurt Nobody
  19.   Call on Me
  20.   Take a Chance
  21.   Don't Make It Feel Good
  22.   Talking In My Sleep
  23.   Not That Kinda Party
  24.   Creepin'
  25.   True to My Boo
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Evelyn "Champagne" King

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    Disco Hits

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    55 Greatest Old School Songs

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    Old School R&B

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    Chromeo: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Soul

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    Donna Summer Tribute

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    R&B Deep Dive

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    Grand Theft Radio

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    '70s Hits

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    Robin Gibb Tribute

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    Adult R&B

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    Classic Hits

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    '70s Deep Dive


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