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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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Ben E. King: Drifter’s Return

But the identity of the guest artist, Ben E. King, had her confused. “I don’t know him. What’s he sing?” she asked. Duane, her 19-year-old friend, guessed at his identity: “He plays a guitar and sings ...
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Ben E. King Dead: “Stand By Me” Soul Singer Dies at 76

Ben E. King died at the age of 76 on Thursday, April 30, NBC News reports. The R&B legend's publicist confirmed the news on Friday. King was born in Henderson, N.C., and later moved to Harlem, N.Y., ...
Posted: May 1, 2015, 8:12 am

Singer Ben E. King dies at 76

Beloved R&B singer Ben E. King, best known for the song Stand By Me, has died. He was 76. The Telegraph reports that the soul singer died of natural causes, according to his agent. The BBC cites ...
Posted: May 1, 2015, 7:30 am
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