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In the Spotlight: Ben E. King

By February 20, 2013

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Ben E. King would be a early soul legend if he'd only replaced Clyde McPhatter as he lead of the Drifters during their "Uptown Soul" phase, but after singing "There Goes My Baby" and "Save the Last Dance for Me," he also went on to an amazing solo career with hits like "Spanish Harlem," "Don't Play That Song," and a little tune you may have heard called "Stand By Me." Read all about the life and career of Ben E. King in my latest profile.



February 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm
(1) slaughton says:

Yes, that is part of Kings’ story. Another part is that he had a continuing feud with George Treadwell over royalty payments and money paid to the group in general. While the rest of the group kept their collective mouths shut about this King was outspoken. I can’t recall whether Treadwell fired him or he left the group on his own accord, although the Loving Patterson thread maybe true also. As I recall, King did join the group again in later years. I think he has even fronted at least one group of Drifters over the years, maybe more. As we all know, the “Drifters” are comprised of several groups nowadays, most not even remotely connected to the original group.

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