Evelyn “Champagne” King ‎– Hold On To What You’ve Got (1988)

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

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Evelyn “Champagne” King ‎– High Horse (1985)

“High Horse” was a 1985 single by Evelyn “Champagne” King from her 8th album “A Long Time Coming (A Change Is Gonna Come)”.

The single would reach #19 on the US R&B charts and #12 on the US Dance charts.

‘High Horse” was written, produced, mixed and arranged by Allan George and Fred McFarlane and remixed for the 12″ release by Bruce Weeden & David Todd.

High Horse (Remixed Version)               6:10

High Horse (Dub Version)                      6:00

High Horse (LP Version)                       4:26

Take A Chance (Long Version)              5:20

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Evelyn “Champagne” King ‎– Flirt (1988)

“Flirt” was the lead single off Evelyn “Champagne” King’s album of the same name, the LP was the ninth in her career and the first released by EMI-Manhattan after a long period with RCA Records.

“Flirt” was written by Leon Sylvers III (The Sylvers) who had been very successful writing and producing for acts on the SOLAR label in the early 80’s.

The single “Flirt” went to #3 on the US R&B charts.  Dave Ervin and Erik Zobler provided three mixes for the 12″ while Herbie “Pump” Powers contributed the “Body Groove” mix.

Flirt (Pump It Up Mix)                      7:30

Flirt (Flirt To Flirt Dub)                     5:30

Flirt (Body Groove)                          7:13

Flirt (7″ Tip)                                    3:45

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Evelyn “Champagne” King ‎– Day To Day (1989)

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 1989, Evelyn “Champagne” King released her 10th studio album “The Girl Next Door”, her second and final album for the EMI-Manhattan label. The album yielded the single ‘Day To Day” written by Marshall Jefferson and Ten City, the single reached #80 on the US R&B charts.

The single featured remixes by Marshall Jefferson, Shayne Sealy, Terrance Smith & Tuta Aquino.

Day To Day (Dance Mix)                   8:01

Day To Day (7″ Edit)                         4:01

Day To Day (Dub Mix)                      7:18

Day To Day (Bonus Beats)               3:15

Day To Day (Acapella)                     4:37

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Evelyn “Champagne” King – Slow Down (1985)

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.”

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 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 charts 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 charts, placing eight singles in the R&B top twenty, with three making it to the top ten.

In 1984 Evelyn released the album “So Romantic”. It included the hit singles “Till Midnight,” “Just For the Night,” “Give Me One Reason,” “Out Of Control” and “I’m So Romantic.”  Justin Kantor of Allmusic awarded the album a four star rating, stating that “with King’s bold vocals atop them, the songs on So Romantic make it one of her strongest ’80s albums.

The single “Slow Down” was remixed by Mark S. Berry for the US 12″ single release.

Slow Down (Remixed Version)        6:07

Slow Down (Dub A)                        4:18

Slow Down (Dub B)                        4:29

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