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Evelyn "Champagne" King (born June 29, 1960, in the Bronx, New York), is an American R&B and disco singer. Born in the Bronx and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, King was originally discovered while working as a cleaning woman in a recording studio. She went on to become one of the most popular R&B and disco singers of the late seventies and early eighties, recording classics such as "Shame" and the groundbreaking use of synthesizers on the songs "I'm In Love" and "Love Come Down".

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 Magazine Hot 100, the record eventually became Gold.

In 1981 King released the #6 R&B Album I'm in Love (also #28 on the Billboard 200), and released the title track, which became a #1 R&B hit, as well as a top 40 pop hit. The song was groundbreaking, in that no one had ever incorporated such heavy synthesizers into their music before.

Love Come Down was a major hit for Evelyn "Champagne" King. It was the first single culled from her multi-platinum, number-one R&B album, Get Loose (which also charted at #5 on the Billboard 200). It was a major hit in nearly every country in which it was released in. It even earned a Gold certification in the US. The success of this single shot her Get Loose LP into the top-five of the Billboard 200, and helped earn the album a 2x Platinum certification from the RIAA.

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