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Evelyn "Champagne" King

R&B singer Evelyn "Champagne" King came to fame during the disco era and remained prominent through much of the '80s with over two dozen charting singles. Born July 1, 1960, in the Bronx, 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. 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, who were doing cleaning work. Signing the singer to a production deal and a contract with RCA, Life's first single with her was "Dancin' Dancin' Dancin'," but it was a later single, called "Shame," that gave her career-launching success. The extended mix gained significant club and radio play and pushed the song into 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. The parent album, Smooth Talk, reached number 14 on the Billboard 200 and went gold.

After two more LPs made with T. Life, Music Box (1979) and Call on Me (1980), King teamed with the trio of Kashif, Paul Lawrence, and Morrie Brown for I'm in Love (1981) and Get Loose (1982). Each album featured a number one R&B hit, namely "I'm in Love" and "Love Come Down." Although she continued to record for RCA with a number of accomplished producers, including the System, Leon Sylvers III, and René & Angela, she did so with diminishing commercial results. She subsequently signed to EMI-Manhattan, where she released Flirt (1988), which included the tender ballad "Kisses Don't Lie," along with a cut recorded with Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, a duo who later facilitated the rise of Rihanna. The Girl Next Door (1989) continued a long-term association with Sylvers, along with some tracks recorded with house producers Marshall Jefferson and Ten City, but was a failure sales-wise.

King continued to perform but recorded only one album during each of the two decades that followed. I'll Keep a Light On (1995) was released on the U.K.-based Expansion label, and Open Book (2008), on which the singer was joined by the likes of Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden, and Jerry Hey, was issued independently in the U.S. During the late 2000s and early 2010s, all of her studio albums through Flirt were reissued on compact disc, and there were anthologies of varying scope, including Action: The Evelyn "Champagne" King Anthology 1977-1986 (BBR, 2014), the download/streaming-only The Essential Evelyn "Champagne" King (Legacy, 2015), and The Complete RCA Hits and More (Real Gone, 2016). ~ Ed Hogan & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Open Book

1. Skillz

2. Whole Lotta Yum Yum

3. Open Book

4. Standing On The Rock Of Love

5. Nobody Knows

6. (You Deserve) An Academy Award

7. Paradise

8. True To My Boo

9. Creepin'

10. Not That Kind Of Party

11. Dance

12. Dance [Soul Seekerz Remix]

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Track List: Love Come Down

1. Shame

2. I Don't Know If It's Right

3. Music Box

4. I'm In Love

5. Don't Hide Our Love

6. Love Come Down

7. Betcha She Don't Love You

8. Get Loose

9. Action

10. Shake Down

11. Teenager

12. Just For The Night

13. Give Me One Reason

14. High Horse

15. Your Personal Touch

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Track List: Get Loose

1. Love Come Down

2. I Can't Stand It

3. Betcha She Don't Love You

4. Get Loose

5. Back To Love

6. Stop That

7. Get Up Off Your Love

8. I'm Just Warmin' Up

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Track List: I'm In Love

1. I'm In Love

2. If You Want My Lovin'

3. Don't Hide Our Love

4. What Are You Waiting For

5. Spirit Of The Dancer

6. The Other Side Of Love

7. I Can't Take It

8. The Best Is Yet To Come

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Oohh cant help the way that i feel. Great memorable song. She sang it!!!�� doohoooh dah doooo dahh you know! The jam n the day!��
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cherokeeprin c e s s 1 2 7
❤❤❤❤❤
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Viva La Disco!
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Love love love it!!
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latriceharri s o n 4 0
LOVE THIS SONG
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Music is awesome
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Checkout: www.thecomfo r t e r . Info
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Still jamming. Lets jam..
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rob.murillo
My fist crush Geneva would sing this song to me doing penny drops off the high bar. She was the coolest girl I've ever met. I followed her around the school yard like a desperate puppy. I loved the 6th grade.
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Inside out when you're ! Around !
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What a great moment in history. I'm able to relive everyone of those images captured in time. Very gifted and talented. Thank you Miss King for the memories.... Farewell
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I love her song Love Come Down
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Yes.. shout out to Philadelphia Pa... Holla..!!
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robert_swan0
Wow, what a great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Now, I tell you that was and still is great music!
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Evelyn 'Champagne'' D o n Pereon King'......p i p e s like a natural-voca l i s t smooth (as the aging in the crystals)... . . .
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I been thinking bout you!..������ � love me some (Evelyn Champagne King).
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I am just satisfied listening to some music that's real and not overly electronical l y enhanced.
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Backyard parties & cookouts were the bomb back then! We tore up some grass! Lol
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Best times ever!
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Love me some Patrice, saw her in concert in the early 80's, best concert ever!
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moleculematt
Love come down please.
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I love the video for this song... Such a simpler time.
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Still a great dance song! (Real music )
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I do not care I love me some keithsweat
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Hay it red
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Love love love this song. She's one of the best to ever bless us with her voice
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nancyweissbe i n
Great song, good rhyme for dancing❤️:)
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I love her song LOVE COME DOWN
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The Best Song
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One of the best dance song ever produced! Classic forever!!
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Like i said nothing but talent.
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Great music .. Never duplicated
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One of my favorite songs
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tonias511
Love this song
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The truly diva forever...
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I may have been a lil girl cruising in with my mom in her All Original LOWRIDER 1963 impala,heari n g this song,brings back memories,I miss those days.I'm 38 yrs old now.I love the 80's
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Catch up
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I was so hanging out back then..Good times..
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I'm in lovvvvvveeee e ! ! ! ! ! . . . H e y y y y y
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One of the hardest working female singers I have ever seen when she is giving a concert! Simply great but I always thought she had so much more to give than any of her management peeps ever saw!
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Getting my groove back
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She is great! I love champagne(Ev e l y n King). A great artist!!!
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old school chi town house music were are the old house heads
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we need more old school house music
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Your my inspiration ! Your songs make me feel so alive..! And always make me get out there party Hardy....lik e right now!
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I miss music like this
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This is what's up! I love this jam :)
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She's the greatest
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Classic 80s jam. Had the 7" 45 when I was at school. Those were the days.
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