Ben E. King

Ben E. King


9/28/1938, Henderson, North Carolina, USA

Birth Name

Benjamin Earl Nelson


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From the groundbreaking orchestrated productions of the Drifters to his own solo hits, Ben E. King was the definition of R&B elegance. King's plaintive baritone had all the passion of gospel, but the settings in which it was displayed were tailored more for his honey smooth phrasing and…more

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  • His song was an all time classic.

    Ben E. King will sometimes get confused with B.B. King, but I think Ben is better. His song Stand By Me is an absolute wonderful song. It has been covered by so many artists on so many occasions. But his version is by far the best. I also thought that he was a good member of the Drifters and he should have stayed as it would have made them that much better. But his solo career is what made him a soul music legend. He will always be known for Stand By Me, but he was also very successful in other works. Thank you.moreless