Smooth Talk (album)

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Smooth Talk
Studio album by Evelyn "Champagne" King
Released August 17, 1977
Recorded 1977 at RCA Studios, New York City, New City
Alpha International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Soul Disco
Length 41:11 (based on vinyl release with only 12" mixes of singles)
Label RCA
Big Break Records
Producer Theodore Life
Evelyn "Champagne" King chronology
Smooth Talk
Music Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Smooth Talk is the debut album released by R&B singer Evelyn "Champagne" King on the RCA label in 1977. It was produced by Theodore Life.


The album peaked at #8 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #14 on the Billboard 200. It produced the hit singles "Shame" and "I Don't Know If It's Right." The album certified platinum by the RIAA. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 2010 by Big Break Records. The original vinyl disc was reissued twice following the single releases of Shame and I Don't Know if Its Right, in each case replacing the LP track version with the 12" remix version.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Smooth Talk" Theodore Life, Mike Holden, William Kimes 5:29
2. "I Don't Know If It's Right (original LP version)" Theodore Life, John H. Fitch, Jr. 4:17
3. "Til I Come Off the Road" Mike Holden, John H. Fitch, Jr., Theodore Life 2:38
4. "Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'" Theodore Life, Teddy Pendergrass 4:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Shame (original LP version)" John H. Fitch, Jr., Reuben Cross 4:38
6. "Nobody Knows" John H. Fitch, Jr., Reuben Cross, Theodore Life 4:31
7. "We're Going to a Party" Theodore Life, Aubrey Gravatt, Joe Freeman 3:48
8. "The Show Is Over" Theodore Life, Dexter Wansel 5:40


  • Raymond Earl – bass
  • John H. Fitch, Jr., Ronnie James, Theodore Life, Kim Miller – guitars
  • Jerald Hill, Dennis Richardson – keyboards
  • Jimmy Sigler – organ
  • Dexter Wansel – electric piano
  • Sam Peaks – organ, electric piano, Clavinet
  • Lee Fuller, Larry Strickland – congas
  • Scott Miller – drums
  • Johnny McCants – congas, percussion
  • Don Renaldo and his Swinging Horns – horns
  • Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Mikki Farrow, Joe Freeman, Lani Groves, Barbara Ingram, Theodore Life, M. Roberts, Bunny Sigler, Annie Sutton – background vocals


Chart (1978) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 14
Billboard Top Soul LPs 8
Year Single Peak chart positions


1978 "Shame" 9 7 8
1979 "I Don't Know If It's Right" 23 7 25


  1. ^ Kantor, Justin. Smooth Talk > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  2. ^ a b c d "US Albums Charts > Evelyn "Champagne" King". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

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