'Stand By Me' Singer Ben E. King Dead At 76
King, born Benjamin Nelson in Henderson, N.C., moved to Harlem when he was 9 years old and joined his first doo wop group at 20. In 1958, he became one of the the lead vocalists of the Drifters, scoring a No. 1 hit on the U.S. R&B charts with "There Goes My Baby" in 1959. He also managed a No. 1 the next year, singing lead on "Save the Last Dance for Me."
But by 1960, he was out of the Drifters, moving on to a solo career under his new stage name. First came "Spanish Harlem," a modest R&B hit in the U.S., before 1961's "Stand By Me," which shot to No. 1 on R&B and No. 4 in the U.S. as a whole. Read more here.
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