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NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, singer of such classics as “Stand By Me,” ”There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem,” has died.

King died Thursday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. Brown did not immediately have other details.

As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and sang lead on “There Goes My Baby.” The band had a string of hits featuring King, including “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment,” before he left in a contract dispute.

The 1961 ballad “Spanish Harlem” gave King his first solo hit. “Stand By Me,” written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was chosen one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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6 thoughts on “‘Stand By Me’ Singer Ben E. King Dead at Age 76

  1. Leroy Thompson on said:

    There are very few singers I put in the great category, Ben E. King was one of them and the likes of Sam Cooke. Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Johnny Mathis. In other words the Crème Of the crop. RIP I will miss you and love you forever.

  2. Timekeeeper on said:

    What a wonderful song! “Stand By Me” Something that very few people do in times of crisis which makes that song so timeless
    R.I.P Ben E. King!

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