SOUL SINGER BEN E. KING PASSES ON

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Soul singer Ben E. King — most famous for his classic, “Stand By Me” — died on Thursday … according to his publicist.

King reportedly died at his home in New Jersey after suffering a heart ailment. He was 76 years old.

King’s mega hit song made it to Billboard’s top five in 1961 — but “Stand By Me” returned to the charts in the ’80s. It was also covered several times by other artists … including John Lennon … and made the charts 9 times.

He started his career with the Drifters in the ’50s and had hits like “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “There Goes My Baby.”

Ben E.’s passing comes just 2 weeks after the death of another soul legendPercy Sledge, who sang “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Source : TMZ
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