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Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Evelyn “Champagne” King (born July 1, 1960) is an American singer. She went on to become one of the most popular R&B and disco singers of the late seventies and early eighties. Some of her best known songs include Shame”, and the groundbreaking use of synthesizers on the songs: “I’m in Love” and “Love Come Down.” Credit for the use of synthesizers must go to producer-singer-songwriter Kashif and his production team.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, King was discovered while working as an office cleaner at “Philadelphia International Records.”

Of King’s many R&B and pop hits, she is best known for the disco classic “Shame”, which is her only Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#9 in 1978) (it also hit #8 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart). The record eventually became gold that same year, and she followed the single with another classic, 1979’s “I Don’t Know If It’s Right” (which also went gold). Both “Shame” and “I Don’t Know If It’s Right” elevated her 1977 debut album Smooth Talk to gold status and success. King was just 16 years old when Smooth Talk was released.

Music Box (#35 on the Billboard 200), released in 1979 and Call On Me (#124 on the Billboard 200), released in 1980 were a pair of follow-up disco-R&B albums to Smooth Talk, that featured danceable tracks and soul ballads. However, her follow-up albums did not match the same amount of success as her debut album, due to popular music’s sudden transition from the disco craze of the late 1970s to the 1980s dance music scene.

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