Legendary soul singer Ben E. King passed away a couple of weeks ago in New Jersey at the age of 76. King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, first came to fame as the lead singer of the second incarnation of the popular soul group The Drifters in 1959. King stayed with the Drifters through their number one hit, Save The Last Dance For Me, before moving out on his own for a solo career that lasted well over a decade. Ben E. King scored an impressive string of hits on his own, including Spanish Harlem, I (Who Have Nothing), and Don't Play That Song. However, he was best known for his massive hit Stand By Me, which climbed to number one in the early sixties, then made it back to the top of the charts over a decade later as the theme of the movie of the same name, Stand By Me. Ben E. King was a favorite on the oldies concert circuit until being sidetracked by illness.
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