Stand By Me singer Ben E King dies at 76

Ben E King, the soul and R&B singer best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died aged 76.

His publicist confirmed to The Telegraph that he died of natural causes on Thursday.

The singer, loved around the world for his 1961 hit Stand By Me, rose to fame in the late 1950 with The Drifters, with songs including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.

  • David Murrell

    When the movie “Stand By Me” came out — but have been around 1988-1990 or so — Ben King re-recorded it for the movie. Terrific song.

  • DaninVan

    Great voice. Loved ‘Spanish Harlem’.
    Hopefully our younger generation will take the time to listen to some of that old R&B /Blues music..It’d be a shame to just have it disappear due to lack of interest.

  • formwiz

    Been a fan since his days with the Drifters (one of the great vocal groups of all time BTW)

    Really sad to hear he’s gone.