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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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chrltt_moss
takes me back to the days I used to dance, dance, dance. Think I will dance right now lol
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She never loved you, she played you cheated on you, had you stuck on stupid for 18 years. Dumb a**... still stuck on stupid
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Makes me wanna put on some old school shiney spandex and dance dance dance...lol
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My first love song!
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OLD SCHOOL JAM!
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elynor
Evelyn, Evelyn, Evelyn, your voice and talent transcend time!!! Just awesome!!
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Back going skating and hanging out with your girls. Bring me back.
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I Don't Know If It's Right: OOO I LOVE THIS SONG. HOT. Perfect mood song for tonight. I'm going to go see my band. The PEACE, LOVE,ETC. BAND. PLAYING AT THE WAITING ROOM 9PM.. http://www.p e a c e l o v e e t c b a n d . c o m / Check the website for Omaha details. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN b :-)
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Get Loose: I LOVE EVELYN 'CHAMPAGNE' KING'S MUSIC.
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That's my girl, I can definitely groove to this
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love Love this is one of the disco jams ever. Where is Everlyn?
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You have been my #1 to dance artist since way back . Still think of your music and your songs. I grew up in Boston during the disco days and no one lit up the dance floor as you did :)
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I love u miss king I lv all yr songs
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I love ms king music
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1981-1983 ARMY Stationed in Kaiserslaute r n Germany. This was 1 of many Jamz!
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Love come down.....cla s s i c roller skating Jam.....nice to hear again....a few decades later :)
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On my champagne campaign ....... And what you do to me is a shaaame, sometimes I think I'm going insane
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Back when I was a kid, I used to wish she was my cousin! LOL
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cholowsteve
She is a classic funk maker
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Good
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Old school 80's again,,, best music.. Rochester NY,, 585
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I'm In Love: :-)
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So much talent. I'll never understand why she didn't do more with it! Her live shows are a classic to watch!
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I'm In love is a hit ....evelyn champagne king jams all day ...WEST UP. ..WILMAS WEST. HARBOR AREA SUR13
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She's a great singer. Love Come Down
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Hey !!!! Sounds good to me !!! That the S**t !!!!! Hey !!!! Double Hey !!!!!
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Memories, man!!!
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1980 Nuremberg Germany NCO club
Surgar Bear was the DJ the party was on great memories anybody was there
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Understand
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This song still sounds awesome...
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Definitely one of my favorites!!
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I can't help the way you feel sound good to me on Saturday morning !' !
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I love this song!!!!!!!
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shippy29
LOVE COME LOVE JULIE CIH YOU KNOW
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That Girl was Bad make you want to go out an Party!!!!!!!
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Lol low down dirty shame lmao brother where u at lmao i miss u
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a beast
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"Beautiful song ".
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msotelo_11
Love this song♥:-)
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Evelyn champagne king jams all day ....WILMAS WEST HARBOR AREA SUR13 ALL DAY LONG $ WEST UP
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Funkin' with N'Cool,..... . . . . . e v e l y n
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Bet you she don't love you..
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nancyweissbe i n
Remembering back in the days!
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LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME,,,
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Brings me back to the good ole days I luv it (bet you she don't love you) what's up yea
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My fave song by her and one of my musical influences. She's so dope :-)
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Shame!!!
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jambr625
The Best Of The Boogie Down Bx!!!!!!!
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evelyn that's my girl she came to san diego for a concert on my bday and me being from philly that was the best bday I ever had
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Straight up memories as a youngin in the early 80s #tbt
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