Reports are out today that the great singer Ben E. King has passed away at the age of 76. King is best known for recording the classic tune “Stand By Me.” Just earlier this year, King’s version of “Stand By Me” was added by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry. King first rose to prominence as a member of the Drifters. He sung on that group’s hits like “This Magic Moment.”
My personal fave King is this first solo hit, “Spanish Harlem,” which was written by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector with Lieber producing it with his partner Mike Stoller.