Legendary Soul Singer Ben E. King Dies At 760 Comments

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Posted on 02 May 2015 at 1:14am

Ben E. King

Soul legend Ben E. King passed away of natural causes at the age of 76 at his New Jersey home on Thursday, according to his manager Randy Irwin.

Irwin said King, born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina, had suffered from coronary issues, but didn’t name them as the cause of his death.

King is best known for his single “Stand By Me,” which became a huge hit in 1961 and again in 1986 when it was used as the theme song for the film of the same name.

King’s career began in the late 1950s as a member of the Doo Wop group The Five Crowns, who replaced the original lineup of The Drifters after that band’s manager, George Treadwell, fired them all.

King sang on such hits as “This Magic Moment” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” during his short tenure with the group before leaving in 1960 and recording over two dozen solo albums.

King’s pal, musician Gary U.S. Bonds, paid tribute on Facebook, writing, “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… Thank you Ben E. for your friendship and the wonderful legacy you leave behind.”

Ben E. King

Starpulse Entertainment News – Music News

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