Celebrating its 41st year, Harlem Week kicked off this Sunday, July 26th with “A Great Day in Harlem” at Grant’s Tomb on 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. This event was FREE features live music, including a special tribute to Ben E. King who died on April 30, 2015.
Ben E. King’s longtime friend and peer, a legendary R&B singer in his own right, Lloyd Price performed King’s 1961 big hit “Spanish Harlem.” But one time a great crooner seemed to be struggling to stay on the right note. Price disappeared after one song. Maybe he is getting old (82) but it was disappointing just the same.
Another great singer who equally chart topping acts in 1960’s Chuck Jackson came on stage and started singing his signature song “Any Day Now,” the crowd went crazy. Jackson, 78, 4 years junior to Price delivers dynamic, rousing version of his 1962’s great hit. He also dedicated “Stand By Me” to the late Ben E. King.
♪♪～When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see～♪♪
We all sang along with Jackson’ rendition of “Stand By Me.”