Ben E King

Solo Artist

Died: 2015-04-30
Age: 76
Cause: Natural Causes

R&B singer Ben E. King, best known for his 1961 hit "Stand By Me" has died of natural causes. He was 76. He started as a singer with The Drifters, but left the band in the early 60's. He broke through with "Spanish Harlem," co-written by Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber, and his biggest hit was "Stand by Me." Co-written by Leiber and Mike Stoller. John Lennon covered it in the 1970s and "Stand by Me" found new listeners in the '80s when it was featured in the Rob Reiner movie of the same name. Like many early rock performers, King saw his career fade when the Beatles and other British acts arrived in the mid-1960s. He did manage a hit during the disco era in the 1970s with "Supernatural Thing" and continued to record and tour. According to Billboard, he had 21 songs in the top 100 between 1961 and 1975.

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