Classics: Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King – Shame (RCA)
Hard to believe all these beautiful people who came to dance on ‘Shame’ back in the day now have the age of being grand parents. Like it or not, almost 40 years have gone since its release by the time writing these lines. Although it doesn’t sound so outdated at the end. With thanks to its stellar production by the likes of Theodore Life.
Not only one of the highlights of Evelyn King‘s ‘Smooth Talk’ debut-album, ‘Shame’ is also her biggest success ever. Itself brilliantly rockin’ along with jazzy horn arrangements courtesy of Sam Peaks along with Raymond Earl‘s bumpin’ bassline.
Inducted into the Dance Music Hall Of Fame in September 2004, ‘Shame’ stands as one of the first commercial successes for the newly launched 12″ format back at the time… King would get extra recognition though. This with ‘I’m In Love’ which Kashif produced for her four years after. Then ‘Love Come Down’ which he wrote the following year. But this time with production by the likes of Morrie Brown.