'Stand By Me' singer Ben E King dies aged 76
Ben E King, best known for his hit single 'Stand By Me' has died at the age of 76.
The singer passed away yesterday (April 30th) as a result of natural causes, his publicist Phil Brown confirmed earlier today (May 1st).
King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina in 1938 and began his career with soul group The Five Crowns before joining The Drifters in the 1958.
During his time with The Drifters he sang on hits like 'There Goes My Baby', 'Save the Last Dance for Me', 'This Magic Moment' and 'I Count the Tears'.
He went solo in 1960 and released a string of hit singles including 'Spanish Harlem', 'Amor' and 'Don't Play That Song (You Lied)', but it was for 'Stand By Me', which he released in 1961, that he is best known.
'Stand By Me' released the Top Five in the US upon its release and returned to the chart in 1986 after it was used as the theme of the coming-of-age film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman. There have been over 400 versions of the song recorded since its release.