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Ben E. King’s Life in Photos

From the Drifters to “Stand By Me” to hanging out with Ringo, a journey though the life of a soul legend

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Ben E. King circa 1963.

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Ben E. King, who passed away on April 30th after a brief illness, will forever be linked to his 1961 classic "Stand By Me." The former Drifters singer wrote the tune with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it became such an iconic work that it eclipsed nearly everything else from King's catalog. But the singer had an amazing run in the Drifters that earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his career continued for over five decades afterwards. Here's a photo journey through his whole history. 

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