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1938: We remember the great Ben E King

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Ben E King was born in North Carolina on this day in 1936.   He was one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.  

His career was amazing:  

King co-wrote and sang lead on “There Goes My Baby” and he and the Drifters followed with such hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment,” mostly written by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and some of the most romantic and emotional ballads of the early rock era. King’s time with the Drifters was brief.

He left in the early ’60s because of a contract dispute, but had little trouble making hits on his own.

He broke through with “Spanish Harlem,” co-written by Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber, and sealed his name in music history with “Stand by Me.”

Co-written by Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Stand by Me” was a soaring declaration of dependence and support, chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and added earlier this year to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

John Lennon covered it in the 1970s and “Stand by Me” found new listeners in the ’80s when it was featured in the Rob Reiner movie of the same name.”    

Ben E King was fantastic!

 

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Written by scantojr

September 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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