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Ben E. King (1987)

“I’ve come to accept that ‘Stand By Me’ is my secret key to survival…”


In early 1987 Ben E. King – who died April 30 at 76 – was enjoying an entirely unexpected return to the upper reaches of the pop charts. The original recording of his 1961 song “Stand By Me” had become a hit all over again thanks to its rebirth as the title song of one of the top movies of 1986.

I chanced to experience King’s renewed popularity first-hand in unlikely circumstances.