Whatever Happened To… Ben E. King?

Stand by Me – Ben E. King (1986)
Born Benjamin E. Nelson, King originally recorded and released this hit in 1961. It resurfaced 25 years later when it became the theme song for a film of the same name. With the re-release, King was discovered by a new generation, and his career experienced a resurgence. He delivered some original material in the early 90’s, but has since largely relied on his back catalog of hits, plus those of his contemporaries, to fuel his recordings and performances. King’s latest album came out in 2010, and he toured extensively in Europe throughout 2011.

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