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Evelyn 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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keptmemories
Kk. I'm. Zoo Nn I Mjii
Lmom mmio
Kk. Moo
Love this song
shundamopar7 3
naw she still here, n doin radio stints, she is the DIVA OF ALL TYME! VERY LOVELY SONG, N RAW STILL! D°TOWN
This is one of the TRUE divas! This Woman can SANG! Love all your music Ms. King.......
Real R and B...We need it back
Nothing like the real deal..
shut yo lips
lgreen200
Classic
LOVE COME DOWN ; I LOVE EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING
Kashif was at the height of his game during this period. ..this is a great song
We need more music and I emphasize Music like this Now!!!!
mmmkimber0
They don't make music like this anymore, meaningful and soulful! Nice groove to jam too! "Cause I can't help the way that I feel"! Oh yeah!
Love all of Cheryl Lynn's songs.They keep you up on the dance floor.
did she pass away
she was the s**t when she can out!!!!!! miss her too!
Love this song for real
oquisttrucki n c
Really like this song. Still sounds great even after all these years.
b_ingram80
This song hot
OLD School Music good today.
pooh_bear333
I love miss Kings song Love Come Down.
andreclay76
Off tha hook
Never gets old.... Love Come Down
Love it takes me back
Classic 2014!!
Flat out disco duro.
Oh I love here voice so much! So clean. Oh my!
One of my favorites! Love Come Down If you missed Evelyn King on #Unsung You must check it out... You'd be surprised of what she been through. Through trials and tribulations , she's still performing and sounds great.. God is good! #Beautiful #TalentedVoc a l i s t
You gogirl make some news0ngs
Such good music those were the good ol days I just love the song matter fact the whole album was good!
Beautiful voice, Christmas CD sounds so good right now????
Man man memories great singer
I tried to tell yr dumb a** this..
I wish i could have made a record with her....
one of my old time favorites!
Makes you dance!! Classic
still my peoples...
This song rocks. I love her as an artist.
I use to shake my groovethingt o t h i s
I just love Evelyn...her story is very touching...
Evelyn Champagne King...has been doing her think for a bit now!!!
rsrosa1215
luv luv luv this song
This brings back good memories every time I hear this song.
delsol20121
You go girl,shake it down to the ground.hell yeah get down
yeah thas' my jam!!! love come down...
This is good music that you can either dance or listen to.
I've turned my kids on to music in this era. They love it!!!
lsnatchezz9
OLD SCHOOL MUSIC WILL ALWAYS LIVE WITHOUT THE OLDER ARTIST THE NEW WOULDNT HAVE ANYTHING
bella21409
Memories!!!
gllrmmd
great singer
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