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Biography of Ben E.

King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North
Carolina. While still in high school, he was offered a chance to join the Moonglows,
but was simply too young and inexperienced to stick. He subsequently worked at
his father's restaurant as a singing waiter, which led to an invitation to become the
baritone singer in a doo wop outfit called the Five Crowns in 1958. In 1958 the
DriftersI manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, and
replaced them with The Five Crowns. King had a string of R&B hits with the group
on Atlantic Records. He co-wrote and sang lead on the first Atlantic hit by the new
version of the Drifters, “There Goes My Baby” (1959). He also sang lead on a
succession of hits by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including “Save
the Last Dance for Me”, “This Magic Moment” and “I Count the Tears”. King only
recorded 13 songs with The Drifters, including a non-single called “Temptation”.
Due to a dispute over his contract, including a salary increase and fair share of
royalties, King was never again given a chance by Drifters manager George
Treadwell to perform with the group on tour or on TV. In May 1960, King left the
Drifters, assuming the more memorable stage name Ben E. King in preparation for
a successful solo career. Reamaining on Atlantic Records on its Atco imprint, King
scored his first solo hit with the ballad “Spanish Harlem” (1961). His next single,
“Stand by me”, written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, ultimately would be voted
as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of
America. King perfomed “Stand By Me” during a televised tribute to late comedian
George Carlin, as he was one of CarlinIs favorite artists. On November 11, 2010,
he performed “Stand By Me” on the Latin Grammys with Prince Royce.

Offstage, Ben E. King was a devoted family man who donated his time and energy
to numerous charitable causes. He was universally known as a true gentleman;
respected and beloved by all who knew or worked with him. He will be deeply
missed by family, friends and fans worldwide. Ben E. King died on April 30, 2015,
after a brief illness.
1. He was a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2.-the winner of a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1994

3.-the winner of a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998

4.-He received the Towering Performance Award of The Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 2012

5.-He winner of a most performed song from a film by BMI Film & TV Awards

Discography of Ben E. King:

1. Spanish Harlem 1961

2. Ben E. King Sings For Soulful Lovers 1962

3. Don't Play That Song! 1962

4. Ben King (LP, Album, Mono) 1963

5. Young Boy Blues 1964

6. Ben E. King's Greatest Hits 1964

7. Seven Letters 1964

8. What Is Soul? 1967

9. Spanish Harlem (LP, Album) 1967

10. Rough Edges 1970

11. The Beginning Of It All 1971

12. Audio Biography (LP) 1972

13. Supernatural 1975

14. I Had A Love 1976

15. Rhapsody 1976

16. Average White Band & Ben E. King - Benny And Us 1977

17. Rebirth 1977

18. Let Me Live In Your Life 1978

19. His Love for Her 1980

20. Music Trance 1980

21. Street Tough 1981

22. Save The Last Dance For Me 1987

23. Ben E. King / Los Lobos - In Concert-419 (LP, Transcription) 1987

24. Stand by Me: The Ultimate Collection 1987

25. Toru Oki & Ben E. King - The Manhattan Brothers (Cass, Album) 1991

26. What's Important To Me 1992

27. The Very Best of Ben E. King 1998

28. I Have Songs in My Pocket 1998

29. Shades of Blue 1999

30. Person to Person: Live at the Blue Note 2003

31. I've Been Around 2006

32. Heart & Soul (CD, Album) 2010

33. Dear Japan, Ue Wo Muite Arukou 2011

Stand by me

Artist: Ben E. King

Album: Don´t Play That Song!
………….: 1962
Discografica: Atco Records
Formato: Vinilo de 7”, 45 RPM
Premios: Grammy: Premio del Salón de la Fama
Generos: Rhythm and blues, Pop
Autores: Ben E. King/ Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller

In 2012 it was estimated that the song's royalties had topped $US 22.8 million (£17
million), making it the sixth highest-earning song as of that time.(0)

In 2015 King's original version was inducted into the National Recording
Registry by the Library of Congress, as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically
significant", just under five weeks before his death. Later in the year, the 2015 line
up of the Drifters recorded it, in tribute to him.

«Stand By Me» has entered the top ten of the Billboard charts twice: after its
publication as a single in 1961 and in 1986, when it coincided with the publication
of the song in the film "Cuenta conmigo y con el uso del tema" for a Levi's Jeans,
"Stand by Me" is ranked 25th on the list of the 365 songs of the century compiled
in 2001 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and National
Endowment for the Arts4 and ranked 121 on the list of the 500 best songs of all the
times, elaborated by the musical magazine Rolling Stone. BMI named the song as
the fourth most played song during the 20th century, with more than seven million
The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progression,
which has been called the "'Stand by Me' changes" after the song.

Stand By Me, composed by B. E. King, one of the best songs of all time.
The gospel choir The Kingdom and Karen Gibson performed the famous song
by B.E. King, Stand By Me, in the mediatic wedding between Meghan Markle
and Prince Henry of England. The selection of the theme, an anthem of
struggles for equality, has been a tribute to the American ancestry committed
to the movements of equality of civil and anti-racial rights.
During the composition of the song, Ben E. King had no intention of recording
it, as he stated in an interview for the documentary Historia del Rock 'n' Roll.
King had written the theme for The Drifters, whose manager decided not to
record it. He was included in his third solo album, Do not Play That Song !,
published by Atlantic Records in 1962 and it would be his second solo success,
after Spanish Harlem (1961).
Mike Stoller remembers it this way: "I remember I came to the office, and Jerry
and Ben were working on the lyrics of a new song, Ben had the beginning of a
melody, he finished and perfected it, he worked on the harmonies and he
added a bass which became the signature of the song. "
Stand By Me ha entrado en los diez primeros puestos de las listas de Billboard
en dos ocasiones: tras su publicación como sencillo en 1961 y en 1986.
Stand By Me occupies the 25th position of the list of the 365 songs of the
century compiled in 2001 by the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) and National Endowment for the Arts and the 121st place in the list of
the 500 best songs of all time , elaborated by the musical magazine Rolling
Stone. Broadcast Music (BMI) named the song as the fourth most played song
during the 20th century, with more than seven million performances.

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