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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Remembering Ben E. King 1938 - 2015

Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl King), who died Thursday at age 76, was best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me", a Top 10 hit in both 1961 and 1986 (when it was used as the theme song for the film, Stand by Me). He was a lead singer of the R&B group, The Drifters, from 1958 to 1960, performing such hits as "There Goes My Baby", "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me". Other solo hits include "Spanish Harlem" (1961), "Amor" (1961), "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (1962), "I (Who Have Nothing)" (1963) and "Supernatural Thing" (1975). In 1988, King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Drifters.

Below you can watch Ben E. King in a 1986 music video for "Stand by Me" (with two of the movie's stars, River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton) and in a 1975 appearance on Soul Train, singing "Supernatural Thing".

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