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Benjamin Earl King (born September 28, 1938), better known as Ben E. King, is an American soul singer. He is perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"a??a US Top 10 hit in both 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and #25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Centurya??and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group The Drifters.


King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, and moved to Harlem, New York, at age 9.
In 1958, King (still using his birth name) joined a doo wop group called The Five Crowns. Later in 1958, The Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, and replaced them with The Five Crowns. King had a string of R&B hits with the group on Atlantic Records. He co-wrote and sang lead on the first Atlantic hit by the new version of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby" (1959). He also sang lead on a succession of hits by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic Moment", and "I Count the Tears". King only recorded thirteen songs with The Driftersa??two backing other lead singers and eleven lead vocal performancesa??including a non-single called "Temptation" (later redone by Drifters vocalist Johnny Moore). The last of the King-led Drifters singles to be released was "Sometimes I Wonder", which was recorded May 19, 1960 but not issued until June 1962.
Due to a contract dispute with Treadwell in which King and his manager, Lover Patterson, demanded that King be given a salary increase and a fair share of royalties, King never again performed with the Drifters on tour or on television; he would only record with the group until a suitable replacement could be found. On television, fellow Drifters member Charlie Thomas usually lip synched the songs that King had recorded with the Drifters.
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But in the end, I couldn't help but get swept away. Maybe it was the familiar sounds of the gospel choir, as Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" rang out across St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, and soothed me like an American lullaby. Maybe it was the Rev ...
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As Salamishah Tillet described it in the New York Times, the "awesome power" of southeast London's Kingdom Choir "showcased the sheer breadth of a trans-Atlantic black identity" in its "rollicking rendition of Ben E. King's 'Stand by Me.'" She was right in ...
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In among the Bach, Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams on the music program at today's Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, there will be a distinct soul flavour. The order of service revealed the ceremony will include renditions of Stand By Me by ...
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