Ben e king what is soul


Their big break came when The Crowns were at the bottom of an Apollo card. “ I know Ray Charles was top of the bill,” says King, born September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina. “During that week, I noticed that there was a whole lot of gossip going around about the management, and about the Drifters performing, and coming in late to do the shows, and all that. There were rumors that they were going to break up, and whatever. So it ended up (Drifters manager George Treadwell) had approached the group to ask us, would we be interested in becoming the new Drifters?” They were, and they did.  

“Stand By Me” was named one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It hit the top of the . R&B singles chart in 1961 and the . singles chart in 1987 when it was re-released as the theme song for the film of the same name. “Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem” and the Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby” were named three of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Those records also earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, along with the Drifters’ “Save The Last Dance For Me.” King’s other notable tracks include “I (Who Have Nothing),” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” “Young Boy Blues” and “Amor.”


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