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.
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.