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“Stand By Me, Ben E. King, 1961”

“Stand By Me, Ben E. King, 1961”

Benjamin Earl King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, 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 Me“—a 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“.

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Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2019-01-11T09:33:30+00:00America/Los_Angeles01bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 11 Jan 2019 09:33:30 +0000 31, in 1960s, male vocalist, music, r&b

 

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