Ben E. King charted twenty one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1961 and 1975, including songs like Spanish Harlem, Stand By Me and Supernatural Thing.
He started his career in the late 1950′s with The Drifters, singing hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me, before going solo in 1961.
As a solo artist, he was responsible for some thirty albums (including anthologies, collaborations and greatest hits) and almost seventy singles.
Fellow musician Gary U.S. Bonds wrote on Facebook that Ben E. King was one of the sweetest, gentlest and gifted souls that he has had the privilege of knowing and calling his friend for more than fifty years.
“I can tell you that Ben E will be missed more than words can say. Our sincere condolences go out to Betty and the entire family. Thank you Ben E. King for your friendship and the wonderful legacy you leave behind.” he wrote on the social networking site.
Apart from music, he had set up a charitable foundation based near his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he had lived since the early 1960′s.
He appeared frequently on chat shows and at awards ceremonies, and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
His last album was Heart And Soul (2011) and he appeared in several concerts last year. On his 2013 tour of the U.K., he has stated, “I always felt I never chose music, it chose me.”
Ben E. King was born September 23, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, United States and moved with his family to Harlem in 1947.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Davis, whom he married in 1964.
His vocals on one of the greatest songs of the last hundred years will live on forever.
The talented singer, Ben E. King, who took the music world by storm with iconic 1961 single Stand By Me passed away on Thursday (April 30, 2015). He w...2.5