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.
In 1988, Evelyn “Champagne” King released her ninth album (and first for the EMI-Manhattan label) Flirt , the album peaked at #20 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #192 on the Billboard 200. It produced the hit singles “Flirt”, “Hold on to What You’ve Got”, and “Kisses Don’t Lie”.
“Hold on to What You’ve Got” was written by Leon Sylvers III and Gene Dozier and reached #8 on the US R&B Charts and #5 on the US Dance Charts. The single was remixed by Clivilles & Cole for the 12″ release.
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Extended LP Mix) 8:32
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Radio Mix) 5:49
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Set-It-Off Dub) 5:35
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Get A Grip Mix) 7:22
Hold On To What You’ve Got (Grip Your Hips Dub) 6:34
Hold On To What You’ve Got (U.K. Extended Mix) 8:28