Ben E. King
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"Benjamin Earl King", known as "Ben E. King", is an American soul music/soul and rhythm and blues/R&B singing/singer. He is perhaps best known as the singer and songwriter/co-composer of "Stand by Me (song)/Stand by Me"—a United States/US Top 40/Top 10 hit record/hit in both 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the Stand by Me (film)/film of the same name), a record chart/number one hit in the United Kingdom/UK in 1987, and #25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters.

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