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Evelyn "Champagne" King

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, Rovi
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Straight up memories as a youngin in the early 80s #tbt
Evelyn is one hell of a performer,sh e dances her a** off.very energetic.
This type of music is pure classic .., family summer time cookouts ... Glad I was apart of those days .. True 80's baby
Sunday hot mix,,,, is true the way I feel about u,,, I'm in love, ,,, wepa, ain't no doubt about it,,,,,,
Love her music the bomb
Already dancing my a** off.... Say whaaaat!
I'm In Love. Being in love is what I refer to as TRUE love. What happens to that love after some time goes by? It doesn't feel the same right? Once I'm IN love, I stay IN love and I'm like that with everyone anyway. I believe in TRUE love.
luciusray123
I won a dance contest at a club in Pittsburgh to I DON'T IF IT RIGHT I thought I was dancing with Evelyn! LOL smooth jam, # missingoldsc h o o l
"LOVE COME DOWN" Steve you know its our song from our first date in 1982.We married in 1989 two children. Your my first love and my only love till I die. Just devastated you divorced me, my heart is broken. This song will forever be so special to me.
surita482
I've always loved the way she sings seen her in sacto
mmmkimber0
"Cause I can't help the way that I feel, love come down"! Oh yeah!! Memories! Produced by Kashif!
Champagne to you evelyn lol
I like this song and the best one she sings is: Love Come Down!!! That's the jam
Sexy song!
Wonderful voice plus remind me of 1 of my mother-in-la w Cindy Webb Lewis
Yes this is good good music! Her voice is incredible
I've seen her at the forum April 18 and front row
Loved it first I heard it on the radio. It still sounds good.
Every time I hear this song it makes me start jamming, I'm in love with this song. The radio in my car don't stand a chance when this song comes on.
the old school is the very best skool
Can't WAIT to see Evelyn in Ft Lauderdale, FL the end of this Month... I'm excited to see her and to her perform Love Come Down
Makes me want to dance!
connieann7
Awesome! takes me back to great times...
I Don't Know If It's Right. Who cares. It's about LOVE man. That's what counts most, you know what I'm saying? :-)
this is when music was soooo good.
Girl got some pipes right?
Your Personal Touch. Yes, love with a personal touch. Now THAT is what I'm talking about.
Love this song <3 listing to her song where the old school never dies Orange County Santa Ana
we love her
wanda.lewis2 0 1 0
Brings back good memories.
Love Evelyn Back In My Day The Guurl Can Hit A Lot Of Notes !!!!!
I love her. she is great.
Why is this on today's hits.......
Betcha' She Don't Love You.... My Boo(Cleve... R I P ) & Me!!
Love it takes me back
old school
Memories of Compton So Cal old school for ever
This for. My ❤that c*ms home in 2wks
I saw her sing this live I love my childhood wouldn' t change it for nothing in the world I had the best times.... :~)
Played this for the troops when I was over sea's. in Germany. They went wild.Good times.
classic song. brings back the good old days
My mother had me sing this song in a talent show....in dayton ,ohio .
ramonaclayto r
Evelyn dose it for me...she gets me pumped up,every time!
Shame.....lo v e this song!!!
gllrmmd
pure classic
These were the days. Can't really listen to anything else. I'm dedicated to old school funk.
Music 2 my ears
love come down is my favorite
miss the days when they could sing like this
geger787
Love love this kind of music
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