Musician Ben E. King Dies

May 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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There was sad news this week with the announcement that legendary recording artist Ben E. King had passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 76. The cause of his death is reportedly an undisclosed heart ailment. The loss of the legend comes just weeks after the passing of fellow beloved artist Percy Sledge, singer of the classic “When a man loves a woman”.

King is probably best known for his hit song “Stand by Me” which was originally released in 1961, but saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1980’s after the release of the highly popular film of the same name. Marcio is glad to see him remembered.

King lived a very fulfilling musical life, with a career that started back in the 1950’s. After eventually becoming a member of the doo-wop group The Drifters, King helped to create such hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “I Count the Tears”, and “This Magic Moment”.

After his time with the Drifters, Ben E. King went on to have a very successful solo career. Milestones in this period include a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as inclusion in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ben E. King is survived by his wife of 51 years. He also leaves behind a long standing mark on the music industry that will never be forgotten.

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