From the groundbreaking orchestrated productions of the Drifters to his own solo hits, Ben E. King's approach influenced countless smooth soul singers in his wake, and his records were key forerunners of the Motown sound.
King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina, inand sang with his church choir before the family moved to Harlem in In junior high, he began performing with a street corner doo wop group called the Four B's, which won second place in an Apollo Theater talent contest. While still in high school, he was offered a chance to join the Moonglows, but was simply too young and inexperienced to stick. He subsequently worked at his father's restaurant as a singing waiter, which led to an invitation to become the baritone singer in a doo wop outfit called the Five Crowns in The Five Crowns performed several gigs at the Apollo Theater along with the Drifters, whose career had begun to flounder in the years since original lead singer Clyde McPhatter departed.
Drifters manager George Treadwell, dissatisfied with the group members' unreliability and lack of success, fired them all in the summer of and hired the Five Crowns to assume the name You still move me the Drifters which he owned. The new Drifters toured for about a year, playing to often hostile audiences who knew they were a completely different group. In earlythey went into the studio with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to cut their first records.
A song Nelson still performing under his given name co-wrote called "There Goes My Baby" became his first lead vocal, and the lush backing arrangement made highly unorthodox in fact, virtually unheard of use of a string section. Treadwell rebuffed him and Nelson quit the group, at this point assuming the more memorable stage name Ben E.
King in preparation for a solo career. A album on Maxwell, Rough Edges, failed to generate much attention, and King was forced to make a living touring the oldies circuit. InAtlantic president "You still move me" Ertegun caught King's act in a Miami lounge and invited him to re-sign with the label. King scored an You still move me comeback smash with the disco track "Supernatural Thing, Pt.
After Atlantic a second time, King toured in a version of the Drifters beginning in In"Stand by Me" was prominently featured in the Rob Reiner film of the same name; re-released as a single, it climbed into the Top Ten all over again.
In its wake, King returned to solo recording, issuing albums every few years. He also guested on recordings by Heaven 17 and Mark Knopfler, among others. He continued to tour and make special performances, and was also active in the Stand by Me Foundation, his charity dedicated to children's education.
King died on April 30,after a brief illness. King From the groundbreaking orchestrated productions of the Drifters to his own solo hits, Ben E. BORN 23 September Don't Play That Song! Valentine's Day Songs 1 - EP The Very Best of Ben E.
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