The original version of this song written by John Fitch and Reuben Cross, which is featured on Evelyn "Champagne" King's 1977 album Smooth Talk, is a different track than the one that became a million seller. As "Shame" started to become popular in the discos, it received an extended 12" disco mix by New York club DJs-turned-record remixers Al Garrison and David Todd. Their remix, which emphasized the beat more, gained more radio play and became a hit.
This was at the time the biggest selling Transatlantic 12" single. It was also at the time the biggest UK hit not to enter the top 20. Though it only reached #39 it was in the charts for 23 weeks.
Evelyn "Champagne" King's nickname is a variation of a nickname she had as a baby, Bubbles, because she blew spit bubbles. She was discovered at the age of 15 while singing in a washroom at Philadelphia International Records' recording base, Sigma Sound Studios, where she was helping out her mother who was a cleaning lady. It was soul producer T. Life, a former member of the band Instant Funk, who overheard her and she was immediately signed up.
This was featured in the 1998 film The Last Days Of Disco.