Legendary soul singer Ben E. King, best known for his classic “Stand By Me,” died Thursday of natural causes. He was 76. King’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the Telegraph, though no other details were provided.
According to his website King recorded 13 songs with the Drifters, including “There Goes My Baby” and “This Magic Moment,” before leaving the group in 1960. He changed his name before launching a solo career and scoring a hit with 1961’s “Spanish Harlem,” followed by “Stand By Me.”
King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter and has also been nominated as a solo artist. His death came two weeks after that of ’60s soul legend, Percy Sledge, who had a No. 1 hit in 1966 with “When a Man Loves a Woman.”