Benjamin Earl Nelson
Ben E. King
The Drifters and Solo Career
- King was originally in a group called the Five Crowns, but the manager of The Drifters replaced the members with those of Five Crowns.
- King only recorded thirteen songs with the Drifters.
- In May, 1960, King left The Drifters and assumed the name Ben E. King
- His first hit, 1961, was the ballad "Spanish Harlem," and second with "Stand By Me."
- He achieved five number one hits(solo), and was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a Drifter.)
Later Life and Legacy
- King was active in a charitable foundation that provided education to deserving youths in Teaneck, New Jersey.
- On April 30, 2015, King died from coronary issues.
- King's songs have been covered by many famous voices such as Ray Charles, John Lennon, and Aretha Franklin.
- King also inspired several rock bands, one being Led Zeppelin, who covered "Groovin."