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‘Stand by Me’ Singer Ben E. King Dies at 76

‘Stand by Me’ Singer Ben E. King Dies at 76

On Thursday, the world lost yet again another big name in the music industry.

R&B singer Ben E. King, who made his name in the music industry by giving us hit after hit, died on Thursday.

According to reports which have been released by the authorities, King died of natural causes, he was 76-years-old.

King, in addition to giving us numerous hit singles year after year, has been known worldwide thanks to his hit single “Stand By Me” which went ahead to become number 4 in the billboard chart in 1961.

In 1986, “Stand By Me”, as well as King, gained extra recognition after it was used as the soundtrack for a movie which remarkably had the same title as the song. “Stand By Me” the movie had been directed by  Wil Wheaton.

“Stand By Me”, the single, was initially written by King for Drifters, his doo-wop group back in the day. After the group had some disputes with regards to contracts, King left the Drifters and later threw in the single on tape at the end of a recording session that he was having for his first single.  

Other talented artists who joined King in making “Stand By Me” a big heat was Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber, who were the producers for the music.

King gained even more recognition as his song was continuously played in numerous radio stations, in fact “Stand By Me” went on to become the fourth-most-played song in the 20th century.  In addition to that, the song gained even more recognition after it was covered by a number of artists from David Archuleta, John Lennon to Cassius Clay. 

 

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