Listen to 5 of Ben E. King’s Other Classic Songs

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Oldies fans are mourning the death of Ben E. King, the R&B legend who died Thursday at the age of 76.

Although he’ll be forever linked to his 1961 hit ‘Stand By Me’ – which enjoyed a resurgence in the 1980s after being featured in the movie of the same name — King leaves behind a rich legacy of music, with hits from his solo years and his original band, The Drifters (with whom he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame). Here are five of his other greatest hits:

1. “There Goes My Baby”

King was a co-writer on this hit for The Drifters.

2. “Save the Last Dance for Me”

King provides the lead vocals on this end-of-the-night favorite, a number one hit.

3. “Spanish Harlem”

Another early song from King’s solo career, “Spanish Harlem” is a bit more of a deep cut today.

4. “This Magic Moment”

King sings the lead in another song that gets part of its magic from soaring strings.

5. “I (Who Have Nothing)”

King was the first to record this what-does-he-have-that-I-don’t ballad in English. Recordings by the likes of Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones followed.

And just in case you wanted to listen to King’s biggest hit:


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