Evelyn "Champagne" King

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Evelyn "Champagne" King
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King (right) in Honolulu, 2008
Background information
Also known as Evelyn King
Born (1960-07-01) July 1, 1960 (age 54)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Disco, soul, post-disco, R&B
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present
Labels RCA Records (US, Canada, UK)
EMI America
Expansion Records
RNB Entertainment Group
Website http://www.evelynchampagneking.com/

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".

Biography[edit]

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 the first Broadway revival of 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 as a young woman while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as an office cleaner. 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]

Career[edit]

King released her debut album, Smooth Talk, in 1977. It 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; it 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 chart.

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 chart 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 chart, 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[edit]

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

In 2011, King also collaborated with deep house producer Miguel Migs, on the track "Everybody", which was included on his album Outside the Skyline. The single for "Everybody" was released on July 19, 2011.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
CAN
[3]
NZ
[4]
UK
[5]
1977 Smooth Talk 14 8 24
  • US: Platinum [6]
RCA
1979 Music Box 35 12 45
1980 Call on Me 124 58
1981 I'm in Love 28 6
1982 Get Loose 27 1 45 35
  • US: 2× Platinum [6]
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 Ent.
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[7]
US
R&B

[7]
US
Dan

[7]
AUS
[8]
BEL
[9]
CAN
[3]
IRE
[10]
NL
[11]
NZ
[4]
UK
[5]
1978 "Shame" 9 7 8 72 7 16 26 39 Smooth Talk
"I Don't Know If It's Right" 23 7 25 17 38 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 44 13 12 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 41 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) 10 Non-album single
2008 "The Dance" 12 Open Book
2011 "Everybody" (with Miguel Migs) Outside the Skyline
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Biography". Billboard.
  2. ^ a b "US Albums Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  3. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". RPM. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Charts > Evelyn King". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  6. ^ a b c d "US Certifications > Evelyn King". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  7. ^ a b c "US Singles Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  8. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "BEL Charts > Evelyne 'Champagne' King". VRT Top 30. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  10. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Evelyn King". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  11. ^ "NL Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 

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