Ben E. King passes away.
Legendary soul singer, Ben E. King, best known for his classic gem, “Stand By Me,” passed away on April 30 according to his booking agent, Randy Irwin. He was 76.
King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, was perhaps best known for his work with the group the Drifters, for whom he wrote and sang songs including “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment.” After leaving the Drifters in 1960, King adopted his solo stage name.
He would land a No. 1 hit with “Stand By Me” in 1961, a feat the record repeated in 1986 when it was used as the theme for the movie with the same name. King earned 12 top 10 hits and 25 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986, according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Ben E. King is survived by Betty King, his wife of 50 years.
Rest in grace, Mr. King.
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