Evelyn "Champagne" King - Shame on Love Come Down Album (1978)

Evelyn "Champagne" King - Shame on Love Come Down Album (1978)
"Shame" is a 1978 hit single recorded by American singer Evelyn "Champagne" King. It reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, number eight on the U.S. Disco Chart, and number seven on the U.S. R&B Chart, earning a Gold certification by the RIAA that same year. In the UK Singles Chart, "Shame" spent twenty three weeks in the chart but only one week in the top 40, peaking at number 39.

The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station Fever 105.

On September 20, 2004, King's "Shame" became one of the first records to be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York's Spirit club.


  1. Features of This Track

    acoustic rock instrumentation
    classic soul qualities
    disco grooves
    flat out funky grooves
    heavy use of vocal harmonies
    acoustic rhythm piano
    demanding instrumental part writing
    paired vocal harmony
    a busy horn section
    extensive vamping
    mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
    minor key tonality
    groove based composition
    a vocal-centric aesthetic
    use of the wah wah pedal
    an emotional female lead vocal performance
    electric pianos
    prominent percussion
    heartbreaking lyrics
    emphasis on instrumental arranging

    Producer, Theodore T Life, discovered Evelyn "Champaign" King while working with her mother at Philadelphia International Records as a cleaning woman. She was eventually signed to a production deal with Life's Galaxy Productions and a recording contract with RCA Records. King released her debut album, Smooth Talk, in 1977, which included the song "Shame." It was her only top-ten-charted song on the Billboard Hot 100. The record was eventually certified gold.