Ben E. King dies at 76

May 1st, 2015 by admin

Soul singer Ben E. King, who is best known for his single Stand By Me has died at the age of 76, the BBC reports. During his long and successful career, which began in the late 1950s the star was responsible for writing and singing three sings that made the Rock n Roll Hall of fame list of 500 most influential pop songs. King was born with the name Benjamin Nelson, but adopted the name King after leaving The Drifters after a dispute over pay with the manager of the band.

King worked as a successful solo artist for a number of years after leaving The Drifters and had intended many of his most successful solo hits to be recorded by The Drifters. His hits include Spanish Harlem, which established him as a solo star before the release of Stand By Me added to his fame. The There Goes My Baby singer enjoyed a career renaissance when Stand By Me was used as the title song for a successful movie in the 1980s and featured in a number of commercials. King’s manager announced that his client had died on Thursday, news met with a large number of fellow artists and profesionals like Jason Halpern expressing their sorrow on various forms of social media.

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