Remembering Ben E. King

Soul & R&B singer and composer Ben E. King passed away April 30th, 2015 at the age of 76. Thankfully, we have Ben’s classic tunes and videos to remember him by, including these 4: Stand By Me, There Goes My Baby, Save the Last Dance For Me, and Spanish Harlem.

1961’s Top Ten Hit Stand By Me, which he co-wrote (with Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller) and sang, and was featured in the Stephen King movie of the same name, thus once again hitting the Top Ten in 1986:


Baby boomers and seniors will also remember Ben E. King from his time with the Drifters, where he co-wrote and sang lead on 1959’s There Goes My Baby, and Save the Last Dance for Me, below.



 And below, Ben E. King sings another early solo hit, 1961’s Spanish Harlem.

 Farewell, Ben. E. King. We will miss your golden voice.  Ben is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty King.

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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