Ben E King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) 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”.
20th Century Highlights
- “Save the Last Dance For Me” (1960), The Drifters, UK #2
- “Stand By Me” (1987), UK #1
- Stand By Me – The Ultimate Collection (1987), Ben E King & the Drifters, UK #14
- The Best of Ben E King & the Drifters (1990), Ben E King & the Drifters, UK #15
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