Ben E. King Was More Than "Stand By Me"

Unfortunately, I have some incredibly sad news to send your way today. Iconic singer Ben E. King has died. The singer and songwriter passed on Thursday, April 30 and was 76 years old at the time of his death. While King is known for the very popular song "Stand By Me" — and that certainly is an accomplishment to note, rest assured — he was so much more than that one catchy and emotional song. You may not even realize it, but he is responsible for a plethora of hits that have captivated your grandparent's generation right down to your own.

King, along with his band, The Drifters, have most likely serenaded you through high school dances, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and more. In addition to that, they've been the music that has backed our favorite films and television shows. The beloved coming of age movie, Stand By Me, even borrowed the name of his infamous hit song. If you aren’t sure you can pinpoint any of these other highly regarded tunes, take a listen to any of the songs I’ve listed below. They’re sure to spark an “Aha!” moment for you and you’ll wonder how you weren't aware in the first place.

Here are some of Ben E. King and The Drifters' most popular songs, in honor of his impressive career and life:

Ben E. King, "Stand By Me"


Ben E. King, "This Magic Moment"

This is almost as iconic as "Stand By Me."

The Drifters, "Save The Last Dance For Me"

So good.

The Drifters, "There Goes My Baby"

But, so sad.

The Drifters, "Dance With Me"

Such a perfect slow dance song.

The Drifters, "I Count The Tears"


The Drifters, "Some Kind Of Wonderful"


Ben E. King, "Supernatural Thing"

He was versatile.

Ben E. King, "Spanish Harlem"

And he knew the formula for a great song.

Ben E. King, "Don't Play That Song! (You Lied)"

RIP, Ben.