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‘Stand By Me’ Singer Ben E. King Dies

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Soul singer Ben E. King, whose classic hit “Stand By Me” became an enduring affirmation of love and devotion for generations of listeners, has died. He was 76.

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King moved to New York as a boy and first found success as an early member of the Drifters, the doo-wop group famous for such hits as “There Goes My Baby” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

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