After a long battle with Coronary Disease, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, legendary Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Philanthropist BEN E. KING passed away at the HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER in HACKENSACK, NJ, at the age of 76.
Born BENJAMIN EARL KING in HENDERSON, NC, the man who would be known around the world as BEN E. KING formed his first musical group, a doo-wop quartet named the FOUR B's, while he was still a high school student.
USA TODAY reports BEN E. KING rose to fame in the late 1950s with The DRIFTERS, with songs including THERE GOES My BABY, and SAVE The LAST DANCE For ME.
He found great solo success, however, with STAND By ME, in 1961. The song was a top-five hit that year and returned to the top 10 25 years later, when it was featured prominently in a hit movie of the same name
During his doo-wop phase, he sang with The MOONGLOWS and later joined a group called The FIVE CROWNS.
When the original version of The Drifters, which become popular recording such R&B hits as
At the first recording session in 1959, the new Drifters recorded There Goes My Baby, a song King co-wrote and on which sang lead. Producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller gave the song a Brazilian beat and strings, practically unheard of for an R&B record at the time. There Goes My Baby became the Drifters' biggest record to
He also had a career revival during the mid-'70s with Supernatural Thing - Part I, a No. 1 R&B hit that crossed over to the pop charts.
"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."Singer/Songwriter SAM "SAM & DAVE" MOORE says he and BEN were friends for more than 50 years, having first met in the '60s when both King and Moore's duo
SAM MOORE said;
"He sang some of the most masterful songs you can ever think of.. I don't know anyone that didn't like Ben E. When I would see him, I didn't call him Ben or Ben E. I called him, 'Benjamin. And he would greet me with,'Hello, Samuel,' in that big, baritoneWe offer PRAYERS, LOVE, BLESSINGS, And HUGS to entire surviving gamily of Mr. BEN E. KING.
voice. And we would laugh. He was a wonderful man, and I know he's going to be resting. He can go in peace now, knowing that what he contributed to this world was well-accepted."
HAPPY BEN E. KING STAND BY ME OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY BLESSINGS;