Ben E. King

Ben E. King

United States · Person · 1938–2015
Benjamin Earl King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015), known as Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Mea US Top 10 hit, both in 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 no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) "Save the Last Dance for Me". Read more »

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Remembering Ben E. King

It may seem foolhardy to compare Ben E. King, who died last week at age 76, with The Beatles. Their music and their backgrounds seem so totally different. But King, himself, did that when this writer interviewed him for a 2005 Paste story about the...

Ben E. King, Soul Legend, Has Died at 76

Ben E. King, legendary soul singer both as a member of iconic doo-wop group the Drifters and in his own solo career, has died. The Telegraph reports a publicist confirmation that King died of natural causes on Thursday. He was 76. Born in North...

Ben E. King: Drifter's Return

Daisy, a 17-year-old Soul Train veteran, was excited that her favorite group, the Dramatics, was about to tape a set for the show. But the identity of the guest artist, Ben E. King, had her confused. "I don't know him. What's he sing?" she asked....


Stand By Me
1992 Official Album
Save the Last Dance for Me
1987 Official Album
Street Tough
1981 Official Album
Let Me Live in Your Life
1978 Official Album
Benny and Us
1977 Official Album
I had a Love
1976 Official Album
1975 Official Album
What Is Soul
1967 Official Album