Friday, May 1, 2015

Ben E. King Passes Away

Ben E. King, former vocalist with the Drifters, who struck it Gold as a solo artist with "Stand By Me", "Spanish Harlem" and "Supernatural Thing", died yesterday of natural causes in Teaneck, New Jersey at the age of 76.

While with the Drifters, King sang lead on songs such as "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "There Goes My Baby".  
The Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

King embarked on a solo career in 1960, coming up with the classic "Stand By Me".  The song was inducted into the United States Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Gary U.S. Bonds wrote the following on Facebook after learning of King's death:

"With an extremely heavy heart, I must say goodbye to one of the sweetest, gentlest and gifted souls that I have had the privilege of knowing and calling my friend for more than 50 years - Mr. Ben E. King."

Rest in peace, Ben E--we loved your music!


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