Evelyn 'Champagne' King and Melba Moore

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A double dose from the halcyon days with classic soul from two US legends.

This double header welcomes undisputed queen of soul, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, who made her unlikely but promising breakthrough back in the late 70s with hits including disco dynamite 'Shame' and the subsequent debut album 'Smooth Talk' - which went gold.

Over three decades later, and she's still nailing performances across the globe following a comeback album, 'Open Book', in 2008.

She'll be joined by Melba Moore, who initially found her fame as the first African-American woman to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway, with her role in the cult musical 'Hair'.

But after treading the boards, winning awards whilst also continuing to change the face of the musical theatre industry, Moore eventually returned to her first love. Debuting with her album, 'I Got Love', she went on to be nominated for a Grammy award for 'Best New Artist' - a successful streak that was to be replicated time and time again as she moved on in her career.

 

By: Jess Hardiman

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