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Benjamin Earl King, known professionally as Ben E. King, was an American singer/songwriter/producer. He is best known as the singer and co-composer of the single “Stand By Me”, a U.S. Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 when it was used at the theme song from the film of the same name. It was a hit in the United Kingdom in 1987, and was listed No. 25 on the RIAA’s list of Songs of the Century. King began his career as a member of the R&B vocal group The Drifters. He sang lead on one of their biggest global hits “Save The Last Dance For Me.” Ben E. King died on April 30, 2015. He was 76 years old. He has released the albums “Spanish Harlem” (1961), “Ben E. King Sings For Soulful Lovers” (1962), “Don’t Play That Song” (1962), “Young Boy Blues” (1964), “Ben E. King’s Greatest Hits” (1964), “Seven Letters” (1965), “What Is Soul” (1967), “Rough Edges” (1970), “The Beginning Of It All” (1972), “Supernatural” (1975), “I Had A Love” (1976), “Rhapsody” (1976), “Let Me Live In Your Life” (1978), “Music Trance” (1980), “Street Tough” (1981), “Save The Last Dance For Me” (1987), “Stand By Me: The Ultimate Collection” (1987), “What’s Important To Me” (1991), “Anthology” (1993), “Shades Of Blue” (1993), “I Have Songs In My Pocket” (1998), “The Very Best Of Ben E. King” (1998), “Eleven Best” (2001), “Person To Person: Live At The Blue Note” (2003), “Soul Masters” (2005), “I’ve Been Around” (2006), “Love Is Gonna Get You” (2007), “Heart & Soul” (2010) and “Dear Japan” (2011).