Ben E. King
Eligible since: 1986 (The 1987 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
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|Stand By Me (1961)||☆||♫||☊|
|Spanish Harlem (1961)||☆||♫||☊|
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Although Ben E. King had other big hits, such as "Spanish Harlem" and "Supernatural Thing", there are certain hits that transcend time, and "Stand By Me" is one of those timeless hits that crosses cultures and generations. King himself had already taken the song to the top ten twice, the first time in 1961 and then again in 1986 when the Stephen King movie of the same name was released. He's already been inducted with the Drifters, but here's someone who also should be inducted for his wonderful solo work.
Stand By Me is a classic song have you guys ever see the video he did of it with River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton in it.?
Posted by Dan L on Saturday, 09.8.07 @ 09:27am
Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am
He's not in there? wtf?
Posted by That Guy on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 20:11pm
If there is a petition I will sign it to get him in.
Posted by -------- on Sunday, 02.22.09 @ 16:55pm
I think you can (and many probably do) make the argument that his solo work didn't differentiate from the Drifters too greatly, I think "Stand By Me" is one of the quintessential rock'n'roll bass lines. Not only in terms of ability to instantly recognize it, but also in terms of pattership: his own follow-up "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", the Shirelles' "Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye", Del Shannon's "That's The Way Love Is"... that song is of great importance. And the fact that King had many other hits as a soloist (though not many others that were too well-known) gives him a shot even now of making it.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 18:39pm
No induction for Ben E. King? He's in with The Drifters though so that's good (I think he is). Also, he hasn't been nominated since '88, so an induction now is probably unlikely
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:02pm
Yeah, at this point it's unlikely, but he probably should be in as a soloist.
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:07pm
Well he definitely deserves too. A lot more than the Dennis DeYoungs and Steve Perrys who have gotten so much love on this site
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 18:09pm
He was nominated 3 x's already. Maybe he'll finally get in this year.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 08.29.09 @ 10:24am
BEN E. KING was inducted with The Drifters in 1978.
Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 12:13pm
You mean, 1988, Bill.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 08.30.09 @ 12:24pm
1988. Yep. You're right.Sorry. And yes, Ben E. King does deserve individual induction, as does Jerry Butler,though he was already inducted with his group, THE IMPRESSIONS.
Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 08.31.09 @ 00:10am
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Ben E. King and his contribution to modern music has had more of an influence as a solo artist as it ever did with The Drifters. The fact that his songs have stood the test of time, and crossed over into other genres, as well as having had attracted over 35 million hits in a YouTube video in one year certainly makes him a credible inductee. He's getting on now, but he's still alive. Please let's not induct another wonderful, long overdue artist postumously. Make this Ben E. King's year!
Posted by Linda N on Tuesday, 12.29.09 @ 01:41am
Yeah, I'd put him in as a soloist.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 03.11.11 @ 10:21am
If Percy Sledge made it, certainly Ben E. King should be inducted.
Posted by Joe Bortz on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 11:37am
If you are citing Percy Sledge as part of your argument for anyone else getting in, that is not very strong.
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 08:13am
Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 04.13.13 @ 20:17pm
As with Jerry Butler, who has been inducted with the vocal group he was part of before embarking on a solo career (The Impressions), Ben E. King deserves a solo induction, as does Butler. Besides the monster hit Stand By Me, his other notable solo recordings include Spanish Harlem, Amor, Don't Play That Song (You Lied), I (Who Have Nothing), Seven Letters, Supernatural Thing Part 1, and Do It in the Name of Love, to name some. Stand By Me also managed to enter the Billboard Top 10 a second time after being used on the soundtrack to Stand By Me in 1986, a feat that has rarely been achieved.
Posted by Zach on Thursday, 08.8.13 @ 23:04pm
Absolutely, Zach !
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.9.13 @ 03:17am
....and, let's not forget Motown's first successful female solo artist, "Little Miss Hitmaker" herself, the late MARY WELLS !!!
Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 08.9.13 @ 03:25am
RIP Ben E. King :(
Posted by Gassman on Friday, 05.1.15 @ 10:47am
Just got word of Ben E. King's passing. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Joe on Friday, 05.1.15 @ 11:08am
Ben E. King is in the R&R HoF as a member of the Drifters, but that doesn't include such masterful works as "Stand by Me," "Spanish Harlem" or "Supernatural Thing" which were done in his solo career. For the first two alone, he is more than worthy of induction--as a soloist.
Posted by Joe on Friday, 05.1.15 @ 11:22am
Rest In Peace, Benjamin Earl Nelson.
Posted by Philip on Friday, 05.1.15 @ 21:08pm
Happy Birthday Mr. King Sept 28th. Thank you for your wonderful songs Spanish Harlem, Stand By Me, Supernatural Thing etc that transcend time and place. Your music will live on for decades and now you're with God and loved ones in a higher place. You will rightfully be inducted as a solo artist in RRHOF hopefully in the next 5 years. Will miss the lush baritone and the singing excellence. KING
Posted by KING on Wednesday, 09.28.16 @ 00:07am
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