Personalities | Ben E. King | Sixties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1938)

Ben E. King was lead singer on The Drifters’ 1959 hits, including ‘There Goes My Baby’ and ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’. He quit in 1960 over royalty payments, finding solo success with 1961’s ‘Spanish Harlem’, and co-wrote the follow-up, ‘Stand By Me’, a US top 5 hit and his meal-ticket recording. King escaped the revival circuit in 1975 with a surprise US disco hit ‘Supernatural Thing’ and collaborated on the Average White Band’s 1977 LP Benny And Us. The 1987 film Stand By Me sent the song of the same name to UK No. 1.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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