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Ben E. King, best known for the sweet soulful anthem to fidelity, “Stand By Me,” died on Thursday at age 76, his publicist confirmed to the BBC. He is reported to have died of natural causes.
Born Benjamin Earl Nelson, King began his career with soul doo-wop group The Drifters in the 1950s, where he cowrote their hit single “There Goes My Baby,” and sung on their hit song “Save The Last Dance For Me.”
After a pay dispute, King decided to go solo and changed his moniker to the one we know today.
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