R.I.P. Ben E. King

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From BBC News

R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died at the age of 76.

King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.

After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.

It returned to the charts in the 1980s, including a three-week spell at number one in the UK following its use in the film of the same name and a TV advert.

King’s other hits included Spanish Harlem, Amor, Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and Supernatural Thing – Part I.

The singer died on Thursday, his publicist Phil Brown told BBC News.

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8 thoughts on “R.I.P. Ben E. King

  1. Ooh.. I was just reading about Ben E.Kings death seemed a little weird to me.About two hours ago, I was listening to a sample of Stand By Me on the Timelife commercial before I learned about this.

    He did look ill on the doo wop shows he was on.Maybe he had a terminal illness
    back then..the same one that took his life on Thursday.

    I loved SBM. A very nostalgic sounding
    song that reminds me of my
    childhood.Hes going to be missed..RIP.

  2. Another one of those recording artists that have their music footprint in commercials, shows and movies until the “test” of time. Amazing…

  3. If I’m being honest I’m not a big fan of Kings “Stand By Me” song. Thought it was average.

    It would be interesting to found out how much money he made from that song. Just that I know a lot of RnB stars back then often ended up, nowhere near as rich as they should have, because they didn’t own there music

    But RIP Beb.E.King

  4. RIP Ben E. King.

    I watched an interview of him with Jim Axelrod of CBS News this past weekend. Mr. King talked about how he was so surprised about **Stand by Me** becoming such a hit and that he so glad that the song is now in the federal archives.

    This interview took place about six weeks ago. Mr. King did not look very sick. I understand that he had heart disease, though.

    😦

  5. I always thought that “Stand by Me” was a simply beautiful and endearing song about affection people have for each other (in any type of relationship) in life-and for this song, and lots o’ his other hits I will always cherish the voice and memory of Mr. Ben E. King-may you rest in peace..

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