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Evelyn "Champagne" King (born July 1, 1960) is an American R&B and disco singer. Some of her best-known songs are "Shame", "Love Come Down", and "I'm in Love".


Born in The Bronxmarker, New Yorkmarker, and raised in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, King's uncle had played the part of Sportin' Life in the play Porgy and Bess and her father sang back-up for groups at the Apollo Theatermarker. She was discovered while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as a cleaning woman. A producer Theodore T Life overheard her singing in a washroom and began coaching her. She was eventually signed to a production deal with "Life's Galaxy" Productions and a recording contract with RCA Records.


King released her debut album, Smooth Talk, in 1977. The album included the song "Shame", which is her only top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The song also reach #7 R&B and #8 on the dance chart. The record was eventually certified gold. Another single from that album, "I Don't Know If It's Right", peaked at #23 on the Billboad Hot 100 and #7 R&B. This would become her second certified gold single. In 1981, the single "I'm in Love" was released from the same-titled album. It reached #1 on the R&B singles chart and dance chart in August of that year. It also peaked at #40 on the pop charts.

In 1982, King released the album, Get Loose. It yielded a top twenty pop and #1 R&B hit with the single, "Love Come Down". The song also peaked at #1 on the dance charts and reached the UK Singles Chart top ten, peaking at #7. The follow up, "Betcha She Don't Love You," peaked at #2 R&B and #49 pop. From the mid to late 1980's, King would continue to chart on the R&B charts, placing eight singles in the R&B top twenty, with three making it to the top ten.

On September 20, 2004, King's "Shame" became one of the first records to be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York's Spirit club."

Return to music

On August 14, 2007, Evelyn released her first studio album in 18 years, Open Book. It featured the single "The Dance", which peaked at #12 on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions US

Record label
1977 Smooth Talk 14 8 Gold RCA
1979 Music Box 35 12 N/A
1980 Call on Me 124 58
1981 I'm in Love 28 6
1982 Get Loose 27 1 35 Platnium
1983 Face to Face' 91 24
1984 So Romantic 38
1985 A Long Time Coming
(A Change Is Gonna Come)
1988 Flirt 192 20 EMI Manhattan
1989 Girl Next Door
1995 I'll Keep a Light On Unreleased
2007 Open Book RNB Entertainment
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions Record label
1993 Love Come Down:
The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King
2001 Greatest Hits
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection
2006 If You Want My Lovin' Sony
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released


Year Single Chart positions Album
1978 "Shame" 9 7 8 39 Smooth Talk
"Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'"
1979 "I Don't Know If It's Right" 23 7 25 67
"Music Box" 75 14 78 Music Box
"Out There" 34
1980 "Let's Get Funky Tonight" 34 12 Call on Me
1981 "I'm in Love" 40 1 1 27 I'm in Love
"If You Want My Lovin'" 43
"Don't Hide Our Love" 28
1982 "Spirit of the Dancer" 51 54
"Love Come Down" 17 1 1 7 Get Loose
"Betcha She Don't Love You" 49 2
"Back to Love" 40
1983 "Get Loose" 61 45
"Action" 75 16 13 Face to Face
1984 "Shake Down" 12 34
"Teenager" 28
"Just for the Night" 16 45 So Romantic
"I'm So Romantic" 76
1985 "Out of Control" 54 14
"Give Me One Reason" 93
"Till Midnight" 57
"Your Personal Touch" 86 9 5 37 A Long Time Coming
(A Change Is Gonna Come)
1986 "High Horse" 19 12 55
"Slow Down" 81
1988 "Flirt" 3 Flirt
"Hold on to What You've Got" 8 5 47
"Kisses Don't Lie" 17
1989 "Day to Day" 80 Girl Next Door
1992 "Shame" (remix) (Altern 8 vs Evelyn King) 74 Non-album single
2008 "The Dance" (remix) 12 Open Book
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

See also


  1. Hogan, Ed. " Biography". Billboard.

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