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

FILE - In this June 30, 2006, file photo, Ben E. King performs on stage during the opening of the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival at the Stravinski hall in Montreux, Switzerland. King, singer of such classics as "Stand By Me," "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," died Thursday, April 30, 2015, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. He was 76. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, File)

NYPost: Ben E. King, singer of such classics as “Stand By Me,” ”There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem,” has died.

King died Thursday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. Brown did not immediately have other details.

As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and sang lead on “There Goes My Baby.” The band had a string of hits featuring King, including “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment,” before he left in a contract dispute.  MORE

8 Comments on ‘Stand By Me’ singer Ben E. King dies at 76

  1. One of my favorite songs from the early 60’s, my daughter and I danced to it at her wedding a couple of years ago. I wish black r&b was still this good. His songs, Sam Cooke’s, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr. etc. and a lot of doo wop that came out of the 50’s and 60’s are among some of the best ever. And to think he was only in his early 20’s when he recorded Stand By Me. RIP Ben E. King.

  2. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Thank you Mr. King for your wonderful God given talent that you shared with us to our delight.

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