‘Stand By Me’ singer Ben E. King dead at 76

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(Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock.com)

This week America lost another Soul music legend as Ben E. King passed away at the age of 76 of natural causes. King was best known for his hit “Stand By Me” that still remains a soulful classic of love since he recorded the hit in 1961.

Ben E King Album cover

King originally started with the famous 1950’s doo-wop group “The Drifters” and co-wrote the hit song “There Goes my Baby” as well as performed on another hit “Save The Last Dance For Me”. He left the group to start a solo career that spanned decades and wrote other hits such as “Spanish Harlem” which was covered famously by Aretha Franklin. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named “Stand By Me”, “There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem” in their list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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