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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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Love u evelyn
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I love Evelyn king I love all her music I'm her biggest fan
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This woman is Chart Top Talent ,I have supported her music to I miss her talent
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OLD SCHOOl NEVER SEEMZ TO GET OLD ITZ BETTER THAN TODAYS MUZIK THAT DONT MAKE SENSE AT ALL OLD SCHOOL RULEZ
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Nothing like that original old school music
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Big time skating rink/ club music in my days !!
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johnmargie6
I was born in The Bronx, New York, 1948!
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All skate!
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Make it come all the way down
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I love you Mrs king I love your song love come down
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I'm 17 Raised in NYC.
Grew up with a variety of music from the 60's - 90's
I say I'm very much blessed, for this.
Is real music <3
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this should be a movie that i would love to watch
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Straight old school Classic still bumping til' dis day
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Had a crush on my next door neighbor ohh boy lol green eye bandit lol n bow legged damnn don't see that no more amazing smh lol
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This song off the chain
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wow, going back to the 12 grade P.E. The dance that the p.e. teacher came up with. It was fun. Though day's ��
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shippy29
GONNA GO DOWN ON H. BETTER THIS TIME MORE THAN A MFUL A WASTE INSIDE JOKE ANY?sMIND YOUR BUSINESS JUST TALKING TO MY MAN
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LOVE G.BABY
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shippy29
LETS GO TO SCARY MOVIE ONLY YOU HOLD ME AND PROTECT ME H.
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70's In After School Dances!!!���
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Sorry you are still doing big things typo
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You still don't Big things Young Lady Thank You
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Love this song so much
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The head starts to bob and the the fingers start snappin, followed buy the lip sync! Nice jam....
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always uplifting and makes me move.
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Smooth song
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keptmemories
Kk. I'm. Zoo Nn I Mjii
Lmom mmio
Kk. Moo
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Love this song
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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
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This is one of the TRUE divas! This Woman can SANG! Love all your music Ms. King.......
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Real R and B...We need it back
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Nothing like the real deal..
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shut yo lips
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lgreen200
Classic
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Kashif was at the height of his game during this period. ..this is a great song
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We need more music and I emphasize Music like this Now!!!!
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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!
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Love all of Cheryl Lynn's songs.They keep you up on the dance floor.
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did she pass away
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she was the s**t when she can out!!!!!! miss her too!
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Love this song for real
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oquisttrucki n c
Really like this song. Still sounds great even after all these years.
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b_ingram80
This song hot
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OLD School Music good today.
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I love miss Kings song Love Come Down.
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andreclay76
Off tha hook
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Never gets old.... Love Come Down
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Love it takes me back
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Classic 2014!!
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Flat out disco duro.
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