Evelyn King (singer)

Evelyn King (singer)
Evelyn "Champagne" King
Also known as Evelyn King
Born July 1, 1960 (1960-07-01) (age 51)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres R&B, boogie, dance, soul, disco
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present
Labels RCA Records (US, Canada, UK)
EMI America
Expansion Records
RNB Entertainment Group

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



Evelyn King was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her uncle Avon Long had played the part of Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess and worked with Lena Horne at the Cotton Club. Her father sang back-up for groups at Harlem's Apollo Theater. 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.[1]


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 reached #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 Billboard 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 for three weeks. The follow-up, "Betcha She Don't Love You," peaked at #2 on the R&B chart and #49 on the pop chart. From the mid- to late 1980s, 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.[citation needed]

Return to music

On August 14, 2007, King 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
Record label
1977 Smooth Talk 14 8 Gold RCA
1979 Music Box 35 12 Gold
1980 Call on Me 124 58
1981 I'm in Love 28 6
1982 Get Loose 27 1 35 Gold
1983 Face to Face 91 24
1984 So Romantic 203 38
1985 A Long Time Coming (A Change Is Gonna Come) 38
1988 Flirt 192 20 EMI Manhattan
1989 The Girl Next Door
1995 I'll Keep a Light On Expansion
2007 Open Book RNB Entertainment
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions Record label
1990 The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King BMG Music
1993 Love Come Down: The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King RCA
1997 Let's Get Funky BMG Music
2001 Greatest Hits RCA
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection
2006 If You Want My Lovin' Sony Music
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Single Chart positions[2][3][4][5] Album
1978 "Shame" 9 7 8 39 Smooth Talk
"I Don't Know If It's Right" 23 7 25 67
1979 "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" 107 12 34
"Teenager" 28
"Just for the Night" 107 16 45 So Romantic
"I'm So Romantic" 76
1985 "Out of Control" 54 14
"Give Me One Reason" 93
"Till Midnight" 57
"Give It Up" Fright Night
"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
1990 "Do Right"
1992 "Shame" (Hardcore Mix) (Altern 8 vs Evelyn King) 74 Non-album single
1995 "I Think About You" I'll Keep a Light On
1996 "One More Time" (with Divas of Color) Non-album single
2008 "The Dance" 12 Open Book
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

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