Ben E. King

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Legal name: Benjamin Earl King, Benjamin Earl Nelson


Benjamin Earl King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015), known as Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Spanish Harlem Ben E. King 2
1962 Don't Play That Song! Ben E. King 2
1964 Young Boy Blues Ben E. King 1
1965 Seven Letters Ben E. King 1
1966 Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers Ben E. King 1
1967 What Is Soul Ben E. King 1
1975 Supernatural Ben E. King 1
1977 Benny and Us Average White Band & Ben E. King 2
1978 Let Me Live in Your Life Ben E. King 1
2006 Sings For Soulful Lovers / Seven Letters Ben E. King 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Ultimate Collection: Stand by Me Ben E. King 2
1987 The Best of Ben E. King & The Drifters Ben E. King & The Drifters 1
1987 The Voice of Soul Ben E. King 1
1988 Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters with Ben E. King 1
1988 Stand by Me Ben E. King 1
1993 Anthology Ben E. King 1
1997 3 for 3 Ben E. King, Percy Sledge & Brook Benton 1
1997 Stand by Me and Other Hits Ben E. King 2
1998 The Very Best of Ben E. King Ben E. King 2
2005 Stand by Me: The Ben E. King Collection Ben E. King 1
2007 The Best Of Ben E. King 1
2010 Original Album Series (Ben E. King) Ben E. King 1
2012 Their Greatest Hits The Drifters & Ben E. King 1
Best of Ben E King Ben E. King 1
Soulful Hits Ben E. King 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Spanish Harlem / First Taste of Love Ben E. King 1
1961 Stand by Me Ben E. King 2
1964 That's When It Hurts Ben E. King 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Street Tough Ben E. King 1

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