Ben E. King

One of the most distinctive voices in 1960s R&B, Ben E. King led the second version of the venerable Drifters to chart-topping glory with "There Goes My Baby" (1959) and "Save the Last Dance for Me" (1960), before ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Music (31)

JIMI: All Is By My Side 2014 (Movie)

("Try Me One Time") (Song)

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

("Miracle Mile") (Song)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Try Me Out Sometime") (Song)

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

("Amor") (Song Performer)

Cloverfield 2008 (Movie)

("Beautiful Girls") (Song)

No Regrets 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

Set Me Free 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Among Giants 1999 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

("I (Who Have Nothing)") (Song Performer)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

("Supernatural Thing") (Song Performer)

Stand By Me 1994 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

("If You Need a Miracle") (Song Performer)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

("Book of Love 'Remake'") (Song Performer)

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Imagine: John Lennon 1988 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

Salsa 1988 (Movie)

("Spanish Harlem") (Song Performer)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

("Perfect Ending") (Song Performer)

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song Performer)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song Performer)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song Performer)

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

The Wanderers 1979 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song Performer)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

("Stand By Me") (Song Performer)

The Two Mr. Kissels (TV Show)

Song
Actor (24)

A.K.A. Doc Pomus 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Carlin: Mark Twain Prize 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wayne Brady Show (ABC) 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Words and Music By Leiber & Stoller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Broadway: The Great White Way 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Rock Tonight Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle and Roll 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime's Classic Rock 'n' Roll Reunion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most distinctive voices in 1960s R&B, Ben E. King led the second version of the venerable Drifters to chart-topping glory with "There Goes My Baby" (1959) and "Save the Last Dance for Me" (1960), before enjoying solo success with one of the most enduring ballads of all time, 1960's "Stand by Me." Possessed of a burnished baritone and exceptional phrasing, King was one of the key vocalists who helped to bridge the worlds of R&B and pop in the early 1960s, and remained a popular singer until the mid-1960s, when he was displaced by the British Invasion. King rebounded briefly in the 1970s with the funky "Supernatural Thing," but returned to the spotlight in full force with the 1986 reissue of "Stand by Me," which was featured in the 1986 Rob Reiner film hit of the same name. King continued to mine his extraordinary catalog of hits for the next two decades while collecting numerous accolades, including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. A defining figure in R&B for over half a century, Ben E. King was one of its most beloved and enduring architects. King died at the age of 76 on April 30, 2015.

Relationships

Betty Nelson

Wife
Married until King's death on April 30, 2015.

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