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Clio Exchange Express: Talking Music about Ben E King

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Benjamin Nelson was born on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina, Ben E. King would later join the R&B vocal group the Drifters, scoring a trailblazing hit as lead vocalist with “There Goes My Baby.” King soon embarked on a solo career and reached the pop Top 10 once again with “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me.” The latter track went on to become one of the most covered songs in pop music history, and King’s original version reentered the charts in the mid-‘80s with the release of a film by the same name. King had 21 songs ultimately chart on the Billboard Top 100, including “Don't Play That Song (You Lied)” and R&B chart-topper “Supernatural Thing, Part 1.” He died on April 30, 2015, in Hackensack, New Jersey.  A great conversation ahead about this giant of R&B music.

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