Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King is celebrating her 60th birthday this week.
She was born in Philadelphia and her mother used to work in the offices of the Philiadelphia International record label. Her mother got Evelyn a job as a cleaner and one day whilst cleaning the toilets and singing away to herself she was heard by someone at the label who recommended she should take it up professionally.
Her big disco club hit was Shame which was released in the summer of 1978. It was bigger in the clubs than it was on the radio and thus spent 23 weeks on the chart peaking no higher than number 39.
After a couple more hit, her record label, RCA, decided to drop the ‘Champagne’ from her name much to her chagrin and as far as she’s concerned that is still the name she goes under.
Her only UK top 10 hit was Love Come down which reached number seven, but let’s remember her all-time classic, Shame.