'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dies!
We just lost B.B. King May 14th. And last month Ben E. King passed April 30th 2015 at the age of 76. "I'm deeply touched by the passing of my good friend and brother Ben E. King," fellow R&B hit-maker Smokey Robinson told the Times in an email. "There is another soldier gone."Ben E.King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, moved to New York as a young man and quickly became entranced with the emerging doo-wop music scene. He began his career as one of many revolving vocalists in the Drifters, and his voice appears on the group's staple singles like "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "There Goes My Baby," which hit No. 2 on the US charts in 1959.
In 1961, after pursuing a solo career, he scored his first solo hit with "Spanish Harlem." Later that same year, he landed in the top 5 with "Stand By Me," the song for which he would forever be best known. That was one of the best songs from the early 1960’s and had a profound effect on many great artists. In the years since, the song has appeared in the Billboard
Hot 100 nine times, twice with King's version and seven by other artists including John Lennon who recorded he hit “Stand By Me” and gives us a unforgettable performance. May the two Kings rest in Peace!