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Ben E. King (1938–2015)


Ben E. King was born on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA as Benjamin Earl Nelson. He was married to Betty Nelson. He died on April 30, 2015 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Stand by Me
Stand by Me Soundtrack
(1986)
Cloverfield
Cloverfield Soundtrack
(2008)
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Soundtrack
(2010)
The Sandlot
The Sandlot Soundtrack
(1993)

Filmography

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 2016 11.22.63 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald (2016) ... (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
  Coronation Street (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2015) (writer - 1 episode, 2015)
- Episode #1.8695 (2015) ... (performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2015) (performer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Kevin James/Tom Dreesen/Tracy Chapman (2015) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
- Episode #18.177 (2011) ... (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 2 March 1994 (1994) ... (performer: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy")
 2015 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gortimer vs. The Relentless Rainbow of Joy (2015) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2014 Meet the Patels (Documentary) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2014 Alive Inside (Documentary) (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2013 Cedar Cove (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Stormfront (2013) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side (writer: "Try Me One Time")
 2005-2013 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Auditions 1 (2013) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
- Judges Home Visit 1 (2012) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
- Episode #6.19 (2009) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
- Episode #5.24 (2008) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
- Bootcamp 1 (2005) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2013) (performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2013)
- Top 14 Perform: 2 Eliminated (2013) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
- 1 of 7 Voted Off (2010) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
- Two of 12 Voted Off (2009) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2013 The Voice of the Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2013) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2013 Girls (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- It's About Time (2013) ... (writer: - as Ben King) / (writer: "Beautiful Girls" - uncredited)
 2013 Occamova britva (TV Movie) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2012 The Richest Songs in the World (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
 2012 American Horror Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Welcome to Briarcliff (2012) ... (writer: "There Goes my Baby", "There Goes My Baby (Re-Recorded)" (uncredited) - as Benjamin Nelson)
 2012 Sarah G Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2012 Musikrausch - Der Konzertsommer (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- HMBC beim Woodstock der Blasmusik (2012) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2012 First Time (writer: "Stand By Me" - as Ben King)
 2005-2012 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Finale Top 2 (2012) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
- Top 5 Perform (2005) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2012 Lotta & die großen Erwartungen (TV Movie) (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
  Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- De Wending (2012) ... (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
 2010 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cleaning House (2010) ... (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
 2010 Gent de paraula (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2010) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2010/I Flipped (writer: "Stand By Me", "There Goes My Baby" - as Ben King)
 2010 Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Eenie Meenie (2010) ... (writer: "Beautiful Girls")
 2010 Campamento Flipy (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me" - as Ben King)
  EastEnders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode dated 13 April 2010 (2010) ... (performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
 2010/I Valentine's Day (performer: "Amor")
 2010 Rock & Chips (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2010) ... (performer: "Save the Last Dance for Me" - uncredited)
 2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Melvin'd (2010) ... (writer: "Stand By Me", "Beautiful Girls" - uncredited)
 2009 Men of a Certain Age (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Go with the Flow (2009) ... (performer: "This Magic Moment" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Top 8 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2009 Der Mann auf der Brücke (TV Movie) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2009 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh (2009) ... (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
 2009 Watercolors of Love (TV Series) (writer: "Stand by Me")
  Deutschland sucht den Superstar (TV Series) (1 episode, 2009) (writer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2007)
- 2. Mottoshow - Geschlechtertausch (2009) ... ("Stand By Me")
- Mottoshow #7 - '70er Jahre/Disco' und 'Dedicated to...' (2007) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
- Dritte Top 30 Show (2002) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2009 Lulu and Jimi (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2008 WWE Tribute for the Troops (TV Special) (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2008 The Choir: Boys Don't Sing (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... (writer: "Stand By Me / Beautiful Girls (Suicidal)" - uncredited)
 2008 Kids (lyrics: "Stand by Me") / (music: "Stand by Me") / (performer: "Stand by Me")
 2008 Cloverfield (performer: "Beautiful Girls") / (writer: "Beautiful Girls" - as Ben King)
 2007 Música des del cor (TV Movie) (writer: "Ets en mi")
 2007 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 6: New Millennium Magic (2007) ... (writer: "Beautiful Girls")
 2007 Patinando por un sueño (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 August 2007 (2007) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2007 Idool 2007 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kleine Liveshow 4 - De Jongens 2 (2007) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
  Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- The Good-Bye Room (2007) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2007 Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol (Video Game) ("Stand by Me")
 2006 200 Pounds Beauty (writer: "Stand By Me")
  How Music Works (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Melody (2006) ... (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2006 Idols! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Liveshow #3 - Jukebox (2006) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2005 Cheap (writer: "There Goes My Baby")
 2005 Stubbs the Zombie in 'Rebel Without a Pulse' (Video Game) (writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as B. King)
  Sto para 5 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #1.3 (2005) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2005 Indigo Prophecy (Video Game) (performer: "Street Tough")
 2005 Forty Shades of Blue (performer: "It's All Over")
 2004 Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Soul (2004) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2004 No Regrets ("Stand By Me") / (performer: "Stand By Me")
 2004 Malaysian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Third Workshop (2004) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003-2004 Canadian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Wildcard Performances (2004) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
- Homestretch (2003) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003-2004 Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Topp 7 - 80-tallet (2004) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
- Topp 50 #1 (2003) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.15 (2003) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003 Idol stjörnuleit (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2003 Lo + plus (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 17 June 2003 (2003) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD (Video documentary) (writer: "We're Gonna Groove")
 2003 Hal and Stan (Video short) (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2002 Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 48 #3 (2002) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 2002 Operación triunfo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.14 (2002) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
 2001-2002 Queer as Folk (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- All Better Now (2002) ... (performer: "Save the Last Dance for Me")
- Running to Stand Still (2001) ... (performer: "Save the Last Dance for Me")
 2001 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Telltale Moozadell (2001) ... (performer: "I (Who Have Nothing)" - uncredited)
  Zwei Männer am Herd (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2001) (writer - 1 episode, 2001)
- Kalt abserviert (2001) ... (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
 1999 Secret Men's Business (TV Movie) (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1999 Beyond the Mat (Documentary) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1999 The '60s (TV Movie) (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1998 Very Bad Things (performer: "Supernatural Thing" (Remix) (1975))
 1998 All I Wanna Do (performer: "I (Who Have Nothing)")
 1998 Among Giants (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1998 Highlander (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Not to Be (1998) ... (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Seite 45 (1998) ... (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
 1995 Stand by Me (Short) (lyrics: "Stand by Me") / (music: "Stand by Me")
  Chicago Hope (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1995) (writer - 1 episode, 1995)
- Growth Pains (1995) ... (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
 1994 There Goes My Baby (writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as Benjamin Nelson)
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Der verlorene Sohn (1994) ... (performer: "Stand By Me")
 1993 Made in America (performer: "If You Need A Miracle")
 1993 The Sandlot (writer: "There Goes My Baby")
  Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- The Game Is Chicken (1993) ... (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
  Marienhof (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1993) (writer - 1 episode, 1993)
- Der Liebhaber (1993) ... (performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited)
  The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1992) (writer - 1 episode, 1992)
- Kevin Delivers (1992) ... (performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
 1991 Vacanze di Natale '91 (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1991 Midnight Caller (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blood Ties (1991) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
  Northern Exposure (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1990) (writer - 1 episode, 1990)
- Russian Flu (1990) ... (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1990 David Hasselhoff Live & Forever (Video) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1990 To Sleep with Anger (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1989/I Shag (performer: "Every Day I Have to Cry", "I'm Leaving It All Up to You")
 1989 Mull (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1988 Imagine: John Lennon (Documentary) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1988 Salsa (performer: "Spanish Harlem")
 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1988) ... (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1987 Best Seller (performer: "PERFECT ENDING")
  It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1987) (writer - 1 episode, 1987)
- Dial L for Laundry (1987) ... (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1986 Playing for Keeps (writer: "STAND BY ME")
  Crime Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1986) (writer - 1 episode, 1986)
- Pilot (1986) ... (performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited)
 1986 Stand by Me (as B.E. King, "Stand By Me") / (performer: "Stand By Me")
 1985 Rock for Afrika (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1985 Calamari Union (lyrics: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me" - as King)
 1980 Urban Cowboy (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1979 The Wanderers (performer: "Stand By Me") / (writer: "Stand By Me")
 1978 American Hot Wax (writer: "There Goes My Baby")
 1978 Fingers (writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as Benjamin Nelson)
 1977 Black Joy (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
 1970 Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
  Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Episode #1.51 (1965) ... (performer: "Stand by Me") / (writer: "Stand by Me")
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Alternate Names:

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Personal Quote:

When we took on the name The Drifters, we became the new Drifters, and signed a contract to be put on salary, which I think was like a hundred dollars a week, apiece, five hundred dollars for all five of us. See more »

Trivia:

He left The Drifters in 1960 and embarked on a successful solo career. "Spanish Harlem" reached the Top 10 that year. "Stand by Me", which he co-wrote, reached the Top 10 in 1961 (and again in 1986, when it was used in the soundtrack of the Rob Reiner film of the same name, Stand by Me (1986)). See more »

Star Sign:

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