Ben E. King

With his clear singing and elegant production, Ben E. King is the definition of uptown soul. Many of his best-known songs feature the production and/or songwriting talents of Leiber & Stoller, who co-wrote with King his biggest hit, “Stand By Me.”

 

Benjamin Earl Nelson was born on September 23rd, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina where he first sang with a church choir until his family relocated to Harlem in 1947. There, in junior high, he joined a doo-wop group, The Four Bs, who won second place at an Apollo Theater talent contest. In high school, Nelson was offered a spot... Read More

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