Legendary soul singer and songwriter Ben E. King has passed away yesterday. King was 76. No cause of death has been given, but the news was confirmed by King's old friend and fellow performer Gary U.S. Bonds.
King would leave The Drifters in 1960 and score two big hits the following year with "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" which he co-wrote with Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.
"Stand By Me" would become a rock 'n roll standard and has been recorded by the likes of John Lennon, Gene Clark, Mickey Gilley, Maurice White and Prince Royce.