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Friday, May 01 2015
Singer Ben E King dead at 76
R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died at the age of 76.
King started his career in the late 1950s as the lead singer for The Drifters.
After going solo, he had a top 5 hit with Stand By Me in 1961.
The song returned to the charts in the 1980s.
King's other hits included Spanish Harlem, Amor, Don't Play That Song (You Lied) and Supernatural Thing - Part I.
Fellow singer Gary U.S. Bonds paid tribute to the singer on Facebook early Friday morning.
“With an extremely heavy heart, I must say goodbye to one of the sweetest, gentlest and gifted souls that I have had the privilege of knowing and calling my friend for more than 50 years — Mr. Ben E. King,” he wrote. “Thank you Ben E. for your friendship and the wonderful legacy you leave behind.” 
Posted by: John Nelson AT 01:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos