- Name: Ben E. King
- Born: 09/28/1938
- Died: 04/30/2015 (76 years old)
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, record producer
- Website: www.beneking.info'
Benjamin Earl King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938– April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He is best known as the singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me”—a U.S. Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the United Kingdom in 1987, and no. 25 on the RIAA’s list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group The Drifters, notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) “Save the Last Dance for Me”.
Birth Name: Benjamin Earl Nelson
Alias: Ben E. King
Genre: Soul, R&B, pop, doo-wop
Birth Place: Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.
Death Place: Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Ben E. King quotes :
He was a manager, one of the singers, I guess talent coordinator for the local talent in Harlem. His name was Lover Patterson. He was living right across the street from where my dad had his restaurant. I guess he saw a lot of kids come in, a lot of my buddies.Ben E. King