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Ben E. King
Ben E. King in 2006
Ben E. King in 2006
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Earl Nelson
Born September 28, 1938 (1938-09-28) (age 69)
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Genre(s) Soul music
R&B
Pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s) vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1959-present
Associated acts The Drifters, The Five Crowns
Website www.benekingstandbyme.org

Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) became a famous soul singer of the early 60's. He is probably best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me," a U.S. top 10 hit in both 1961 and 1986 and a #1 hit in the UK in 1987. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... R&B redirects here. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the city in Henderson County, North Carolina, see Hendersonville, North Carolina. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ...

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Early life and career

Ben Nelson moved to Harlem, NY at the age of nine. For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ...


In 1958, he joined a doo wop group called The Five Crowns. Later that year, The Drifters' manager fired the members of the group and replaced them with The Five Crowns, who had performed several engagements with the Drifters. Nelson co-wrote the first hit by the new version of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby" (1959). He also sang lead, using his birth name, on "Save the Last Dance for Me", a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, "Dance With Me," "This Magic Moment," "I Count the Tears," and "Lonely Winds." Ben E. King only recorded ten songs with the The Drifters, including a non-single called Temptation. For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... There Goes My Baby may refer to: There Goes My Baby (song), a 1959 single by Ben E. King and The Drifters There Goes My Baby, a song Donna Summer from her 1984 album Cats Without Claws There Goes My Baby, song by Diana Ross from her 1987 album Red... Save the Last Dance for Me was a song by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, that was recorded in 1960 by the band The Drifters, who took it to #1 on the U.S. pop charts. ... Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was an American blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century. ... Mort Shuman (November 12, 1936 _ November 2, 1991) was an American singer and songwriter. ... This Magic Moment is the title of a song performed by The Drifters. ...


In 1960, he left the Drifters after failing to gain a salary increase and what he felt to be a fairer share of the group's royalties. At this point he assumed the more memorable stage name Ben E. King in preparation for a solo career. Remaining on Atlantic Records, King scored his first solo hit with the stylish, Latin-tinged ballad "Spanish Harlem" (1961). "Stand by Me" was his next recording. Written by King along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Stand by Me" was voted one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem" were named as two of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were both also given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. His other classics are Don't Play That Song (You Lied) (which was covered by Aretha Franklin in the 1970's), Amor, Seven Letters, How Can I Forget, On the Horizon, Young Boy Blues, and many more. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, musicians, djs, clowns, and professional wrestlers. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Spanish Harlem is a song released by Ben E. King in 1961 on Atco Records. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... The Songs of the Century list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. ... RIAA redirects here. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... 125th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue Spanish Harlem, also known as El Barrio, is a neighborhood in the East Harlem area of New York City, in the north-eastern part of the borough of Manhattan. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll is based on the permanent exhibit of the same name. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... Dont Play That Song (You Lied) is a song written by Ahmet Ertegun and Betty Nelson and first recorded by soul singer Ben E. King. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ...

Ben E. King at a concert in New York, July 2007
Ben E. King at a concert in New York, July 2007

King's records continued to place well on the pop charts until 1964. British pop bands began to dominate the popular music scene, but King still continued to make R&B hits. In the summer of 1963, Ben E. King had a top 30 national hit with the powerful "I (Who Have Nothing)," a song that reached the top 10 on New York's #1 station, WMCA. The song has been covered many times, notably by John Lennon, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Sylvester James, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and most recently by American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks, during the March 20, 2007 and May 15, 2007 telecasts. His other hits were "What is Soul?" (1967), "Supernatural Thing, part 1" (1975), and the re-issue in 1986 of "Stand by Me," following the song's use as the theme music to the movie of the same name. I (Who Have Nothing) (sometimes billed as I Who Have Nothing) is a song originally released by Ben E. King in 1963. ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE, CBE (born January 8, 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Sylvester James (September 6, 1948 – December 16, 1988) was an American disco and soul musician, and a gay drag performer. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ... This article is about the singer. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ...


In 1990, King and Bo Diddley feat. Doug Lazy recorded a revamped rap version of the Monotones' 1958 hit song "Book of Love" for the soundtrack of the movie "Book of Love". He also recorded a young children's album titled, "I Have Songs In My Pocket," written and produced by Bobby Susser in 1998, which won a "Best Vacation Products Award For Children." King performed his signature song, "Stand By Me" on Late Show with David Letterman in 2007. Ahmet Ertegun once said King had one of the greatest voices in soul history. Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka The Originator, is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Doug Lazy is the stage name used by Douglas Finley, a hip hop and dance music producer and DJ from Washington D.C. Lazy scored a number of hits in the late eighties and early nineties on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three #1s: Let It Roll... RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... The Monotones were a six-member rock n roll band in the 1950s. ... Book of Love was, from 1984 to 1993, a popular synth pop and dance music band, right alongside Sire Records labelmates Depeche Mode and Erasure. ... Book of Love was, from 1984 to 1993, a popular synth pop and dance music band, right alongside Sire Records labelmates Depeche Mode and Erasure. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Stand by Me may refer to: Stand by Me (song), a 1961 song by Ben E. King, covered by many artists Stand By Me (band), a pop group based out of Edmonton, Canada Stand by Me (film), a 1986 film directed by Rob Reiner Stand by Me (Oasis song), a... Late Show redirects here. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Ertegun brothers, Ahmet Ertegun (1923) and Nesuhi Ertegun (1917–1989) are co-founders of Atlantic Records. ...


Currently, King is active in his charitable foundation, the Stand By Me Foundation. [1]


Discography

Albums

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  • Spanish Harlem (1961, Atco) US: #57 UK: #30
  • Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers (1962)
  • Don't Play That Song (1962)
  • Young Boy Blues (1964)
  • Ben E. King's Greatest Hits (1964)
  • Seven Letters (1965)
  • Rough Edges (1970, Maxwell)
  • The Beginning Of It All (1972, Mandala)
  • Supernatural Thing (1975, Atlantic) US: #39
  • I Had A Love (1976)
  • Rhapsody (1976)
  • Let Me Live In Your Life (1978)
  • Music Trance (1980)
  • Street Tough (1980)
  • Save The Last Dance For Me (1987, EMI-Manhattan)
  • Stand By Me: The Ultimate Collection (1987, Atlantic) UK: #14
  • What's Important To Me (1991, Ichiban)
  • Shades Of Blue (1993, Half Note)
  • I Have Songs In My Pocket (1998, Bobby Susser)
  • The Very Best Of Ben E. King (1998, Atlantic) UK: #15
  • Person To Person: Live At The Blue Note (2003, Half Note)
  • I've Been Around (2006, True Life)

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Other Albums

  • Benny And Us (1977) US: #33 [Benny guest-stars on an album by the Average White Band]
  • The Atlantic Family Live in Montreaux (1977) [A recording involving the Average White Band and other artists]

The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ... The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ...

Singles

  • "There Goes My Baby" (1959) R&B: #1 US: #2 with The Drifters
  • "Oh my Love (1959) with The Drifters
  • "Dance With Me" (1959) R&B: #2 US: #15 UK: #17 with The Drifters
  • "This Magic Moment" (1960) R&B: #4 US: #16 with The Drifters
  • "Lonely Winds" (1960) R&B: #9 US: #54 with The Drifters
  • "Save The Last Dance For Me" (1960) R&B: #1 US: #1 UK: #2 with The Drifters
  • "Nobody but me (1960) with The Drifters
  • "I Count the Tears" (1960) US: #17 UK: #28 with The Drifters
  • "Brace Yourself (1960, Atco)
  • "Show Me the Way" (1960, Atco)
  • " A Help each other (1960, Atlantic) with Lavern Baker
  • "How Often" (1960, Atlantic) with Lavern Baker
  • "Spanish Harlem" (1961, Atco) R&B: #15 US: #10
  • "First Taste of Love" (1961) US: #53 UK: #27 b-side of Spanish Harlem
  • "Stand By Me" (1961) R&B: #1 US: #4 UK: #27
  • "Amor" (1961) R&B: #10 US: #18 UK: #38
  • "Young Boy Blues" (1961) US: #66
  • "Here Comes the Night" (1961) US: #81 b-side of Young Boy Blues
  • "Ecstasy" (1962) US: #56
  • "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (1962) R&B: #2 US: #11
  • "Too Bad" (1962) US: #88
  • "I'm Standing By" (1962) US:#111
  • "Tell Daddy" (1962) US:#122 R&B: #29
  • "Sometimes I Wonder" (1962) with The Drifters
  • "How Can I Forget" (1963) R&B: #23 US: #85
  • "I (Who Have Nothing)" (1963) R&B: #16 US: #29
  • "I Could Have Danced All Night" (1963) US: #72
  • "What Now My Love" US:#102(1964)
  • "That's When It Hurts" (1964)
  • "What Can A Man Do" (1964) US:#113
  • "It's All Over" (1964) US: #72
  • "Around The Corner" (1964) US:#125
  • "Seven Letters" (1965) R&B: #11 US: #45
  • "The Record (Baby I Love You)" (1965) Pop: #84
  • "She's Gone Again" (1965) US:#128
  • "Cry No More" (1965)
  • "Goodnight My Love" (1965) US: #91
  • "So Much Love" (1966) US: #96
  • "Get In a Hurry" (1966)
  • "I Swear By Stars Above" (1966) R&B: #35 b-side of Get in a Hurry
  • "They Don't Give Medals to Yesterday's Heroes" (1966)
  • "What Is Soul?" (1966) R&B: #38 b-side of They Don't Give...
  • "A Man Without a Dream (1967)
  • "Tears, Tears, Tears" (1967) R&B: #34 US: #93 b-side of A Man Without...
  • "Katherine" (1967)
  • "Don't Take Your Sweet Love Away" (1967) R&B: #44
  • "We Got a Thing Goin' On" (1968) with Dee Dee Sharp US:#127
  • "Don't Take Your Love from Me" (1968) US:#117
  • "Where's the Girl" (1968)
  • "It Ain't Fair" (1968)
  • "Til' I Can't Take It Anymore" US:#134
  • "Hey Little One" (1969)
  • "I Can't Take It Like a Man" (1970, Maxwell)
  • "Take Me to the Pilot" (1972, Mandala)
  • "Into the Mystic" (1972)
  • "Spread Myself Around" (1973)
  • "Supernatural Thing Pt. 1" (1975, Atlantic) R&B: #1 US: #5
  • "Do It in the Name of Love" (1975) R&B: #4 US: #60
  • "We Got Love" (1975)
  • "I Had a Love" (1975) R&B: #23 b-side of We Got Love
  • "I Betcha you Didn't Know" (1976)
  • "Get It Up" (1977) with Average White Band
  • "A Star in the Ghetto" (1977) R&B: #25 with Average White Band
  • "Fool for You Anyway" (1977) with Average White Band
  • "I See the Light" (1978)
  • "Fly Away to My Wonderland" (1978)
  • "Music Trance" (1979) R&B: #29
  • "Street Tough" (1981)
  • "You Made the Difference in My Life" (1981)
  • "Stand By Me [re-issue]" (1986) US: #9 UK: #1
  • "Spanish Harlem [re-issue]" (1987)
  • "Save the Last Dance for Me [re-recorded]" (1987, EMI-Manhattan)
  • "What's Important to Me" (1991, Ichiban)
  • "You've Got All of Me" (1992)
  • "You Still Move Me" (1992)
  • "4th of July" (1997, Right Stuff)

There Goes My Baby is a song written by the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Drifters, a doo wop group. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... This Magic Moment is the title of a song performed by The Drifters. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... Save the Last Dance for Me was a song by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, that was recorded in 1960 by the band The Drifters, who took it to #1 on the U.S. pop charts. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American Rhythm & Blues singer, originally billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, then Bea Baker. She had taken the first name LaVern by 1952, when she began recording with Todd Rhodes and his band. ... LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American Rhythm & Blues singer, originally billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, then Bea Baker. She had taken the first name LaVern by 1952, when she began recording with Todd Rhodes and his band. ... Spanish Harlem is a song released by Ben E. King in 1961 on Atco Records. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... Dont Play That Song (You Lied) is a song written by Ahmet Ertegun and Betty Nelson and first recorded by soul singer Ben E. King. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ... I (Who Have Nothing) (sometimes billed as I Who Have Nothing) is a song originally released by Ben E. King in 1963. ... I Could Have Danced All Night is a song which originated from the musical My Fair Lady and was supposedly sung by Audrey Hepburn in the film version of the musical. ... What Now My Love is a popular song. ... Dee Dee Sharp (born Dione LaRue, 9 September 1945 in Georgia , United States) is an R&B singer who began her career recording back-up vocals in 1961. ... Dont Take Your Love from Me is a popular song. ... The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ... The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ... The Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band. ...

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