Album: Love Come Down: The Best of Evelyn "Champagne" King (1978)
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  • 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.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 26th 1978, "Shame" by Evelyn 'Champagne' King performed "Shame' on ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time of her 'Bandstand' appearance the song was at #12 on the Top 100 chart; on September 9rd it peaked at #9 {for 1 week}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 11th 1978, "Shame" by Evelyn 'Champagne' King entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on September 3rd it peaked at #9 (for 1 week) and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1978 and 1985 she had eight Top 100 records; "Shame" was her debut record and biggest hit, her next highest charted record was "Love Come Down", it reached #17 in 1982...
    Ms. King will celebrate her 54th birthday next month on July 25th, 2014.
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