Ben E. King

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Legal name: Benjamin Earl King, Benjamin Earl Nelson


Benjamin Earl King (né Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He is best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a U.S. 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 United Kingdom in 1987, and number 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, notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) "Save the Last Dance for Me".

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1961Spanish HarlemBen E. King44
1962Ben E. King Sings for Soulful LoversBen E. King33
1962Don’t Play That Song!Ben E. King4.57
1964Seven LettersBen E. King31
1964Young Boy BluesBen E. King41
1967What Is SoulBen E. King42
1975SupernaturalBen E. King42
1976I had a LoveBen E. King41
1977Benny and UsAverage White Band & Ben E. King42
1978Let Me Live in Your LifeBen E. King41
1981Street ToughBen E. King41
1987Save the Last Dance for MeBen E. King41
1992What's Important to MeBen E. King41
2015The Complete Atco/Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1: 1960-1966Ben E. King1

Album + Compilation

198212 Greatest HitsThe Drifters feat. Ben E. King1
1987The Ultimate Collection: Stand by MeBen E. King3
1987The Best of Ben E. King & The DriftersBen E. King & The Drifters1
1987The Voice of SoulBen E. King1
1988Save the Last Dance for MeThe Drifters with Ben E. King1
1988Stand by MeBen E. King3
1992Stand by MeBen E. King / The Drifters1
1993AnthologyBen E. King1
19973 for 3Ben E. King, Percy Sledge & Brook Benton1
1997Stand by Me and Other HitsBen E. King2
1997The Hits CollectionBen E. King & The Drifters1
1998The Very Best of Ben E. KingBen E. King42
2005Stand by Me: The Ben E. King CollectionBen E. King1
2006Sings For Soulful Lovers / Seven LettersBen E. King1
2006American Music LegendsThe Drifters with Ben E. King1
2007The Best OfBen E. King1
2010Original Album Series (Ben E. King)Ben E. King1
2012Stand by MeBen E. King1
2012Their Greatest HitsThe Drifters & Ben E. King1
2015The Ultimate Best of Ben E. KingBen E. King1
Best of Ben E KingBen E. King1
Soulful HitsBen E. King1

Album + Live

2005Live in ConcertBen E. King1


1960Spanish Harlem / First Taste of LoveBen E. King1
1961Stand by MeBen E. King52
1962Don't Play That Song (You Lied)Ben E. King1
1964That's When It HurtsBen E. King1
1978SpoiledBen E. King1


1964What Now My LoveBen E. King1

EP + Compilation

2006Rhino Hi‐Five: Ben E. KingBen E. King1

Other + Compilation

1999Greatest HitsBen E. King1

Unspecified type

2012Ben E King - LegendsBen E. King1

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