Ben E. King

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The definition of R&B elegance, from the groundbreaking orchestrated productions of the Drifters to his own solo hits like "Stand by Me."
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Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Spanish Harlem
1961 Spanish Harlem Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic
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Album 1962 Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers Sequel
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Don't Play That Song!
1962 Don't Play That Song! Hallmark
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Comp 1964 Ben E. King's Greatest Hits Atco
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Comp 1964 Young Boy Blues Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic
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Seven Letters
1965 Seven Letters Atlantic / Rhino
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What Is Soul?
1967 What Is Soul? Rhino Atlantic
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Album 1970 Rough Edges Maxwell Records
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The Beginning of It All
1971 The Beginning of It All Mandala
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Comp 1975 Ben E. King Story Atlantic
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Supernatural Thing
1975 Supernatural Thing Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic
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I Had a Love
1976 I Had a Love Atlantic
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Benny and Us
1977 Benny and Us Rhino
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Let Me Live in Your Life
1978 Let Me Live in Your Life Atlantic
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Comp 197? Star Collection WEA
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Music Trance
1980 Music Trance EastWest
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Street Tough
1981 Street Tough Atlantic
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Comp 1984 Here Comes the Night Edsel
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Comp 1987 Stand by Me: The Ultimate Collection Atlantic
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Comp 1987 The Ultimate Collection: Stand by Me/Best of Ben E. King/Ben E. King with the Drifters Atlantic / EastWest
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Album 1988 Save the Last Dance for Me EMI Music Distribution
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Comp 1988 Stand by Me [Rhino] Elektra
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Single/EP 1989 Spanish Harlem Atlantic
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Single/EP 1989 Stand by Me [Cassette Single] EastWest
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Comp 1989 Ben E. King & Percy Sledge Dominion / K-Tel Distribution
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Single/EP 1991 Book of Love Atlantic
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What's Important to Me
1992 What's Important to Me Ichiban
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Comp 1993 Best of Ben E. King [Curb] Curb
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Comp 1993 Anthology Rhino
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Comp 1993 Ben E. King Anthology Atlantic / Rhino
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Single/EP 1993 Stand by Me [Single] Ausverkauf
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Comp 1994 The Best of Ben E. King & the Drifters [K-Tel] Dominion
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Comp 1995 Amor Amor Pilz
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Comp 1996 Stand by Me [King] King
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Comp 1997 Stand By Me [Prime Cuts] St. Clair / Prime Cuts
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Comp 1997 Stand by Me & Other Hits Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback
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Comp 1997 3 for 3: Ben E. King, Percy Sledge & Brook Benton St. Clair / 3 for 3
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Comp 1997 Anthology Five: What Is Soul Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology Four: Seven Letters Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology One: Spanish Harlem Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology Seven: Benny and Us Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology Six: Supernatural Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology Three: Don't Play That Song Sequel
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Comp 1997 Anthology Two: Songs for Soulful Lovers Sequel
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Comp 1998 The Very Best of Ben E. King Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic
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Comp 1998 Spanish Harlem/Don't Play That Song Collectables
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Comp 1998 Soul to Soul [Boxsets] St. Clair / Boxsets
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I Have Songs in My Pocket
1998 I Have Songs in My Pocket Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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Shades of Blue
1999 Shades of Blue Half Note Records
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Comp 1999 The Best of Ben E. King & the Drifters [Madacy] Madacy
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Comp 2000 Golden Legends Direct Source
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Comp 2001 Eleven Best Golden Music
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Video 2001 The Jazz Channel Presents Ben E. King [Video/DVD] Image Entertainment
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Comp 2002 Stand By Me [Delta] Laserlight / Delta Distribution
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Comp 2002 Greatest Hits Prestige Elite Records
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Comp 2002 Back to Back: Ben E. King & Percy Sledge Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution
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Comp 2003 The Collection Wesgram
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Comp 2003 Person to Person Half Note Records
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Comp 2005 Soul Remix Ichiban / Ryko
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Comp 2005 Stand by Me: The Platinum Collection Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
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Comp 2005 Platinum Collection
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Comp 2005 The Ultimate Collection Atlantic / Rhino
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Comp 2006 Together: Ben E. King / Percy Sledge Horizon
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I've Been Around
2006 I've Been Around True Life Jazz / True Life Entertainment
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Comp 2006 The Best of Ben E. King [Pegasus] Pegasus (Pinnacle)
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Comp 2006 Very Best of Ben E. King [Ti]
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Comp 2006 Ben E. King Sings for Soulful Lovers/Seven Letters DBK Works
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Comp 2006 Supernatural [Horizon] Horizon
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Comp 2006 Platinum Collection: Stand by Me/Dance with Me Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino
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Single/EP 2006 Rhino Hi-Five: Ben E. King Atlantic / Rhino
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Comp 2007 Stand by Me Excalibur
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Comp 2007 Love Is Gonna Get You Synergy Distribution
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Comp 2008 Stand by Me [LT Series] Lt Series
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Comp 2009 Supernatural/Benny and Us [Bonus Tracks] Collectors' Choice Music
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Comp 2009 Don't Play That Song [Vista] Vista
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Comp 2010 White Christmas
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Heart & Soul
2010 Heart & Soul Canam
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Comp 2011 First Taste of Love: Ben E. King & the Drifters 1958-60 Great Voices of the Century / High Note
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Comp 2011 Dear Japan. Look at the Sky Universal
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Comp 2012 Stand by Me [Not Now] Not Now Music
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Comp 2012 Their Greatest Hits Music Club Deluxe
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Comp 2013 Stand by Me [Blue Playa] Blue Playa Records
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Comp 2013 Hits of the Drifters & Ben E. King K-Tel
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Comp 2013 Three Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles Real Tone Music
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Comp 2015 The Very Best of Percy Sledge & Ben E. King Rhino
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Comp 2015 The Complete Atco/Atlantic Singles, Vol. 1: 1960-1966 Real Gone Music
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Comp 2015 Stand by Me: The Ben E. King Collection
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Comp 2015 Stand by Me Forever Vinyl Passion
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Comp 2016 Stand by Me...and More of His Classics Jambalaya
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Comp 2017 An Introduction to Ben E King Rhino / Rhino Flashback
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Comp 2017 The Rise of Ben E. King: 1959-1963 Contrast Records
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Comp Original Album Series Rhino / Warner Bros.
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Comp Piu' Belcanzoni di Ben E. King Warner Bros.
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Single/EP I Who Have Nothing Sound and Vision
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Comp Love Is Monaco Entertainment Corporation
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Comp Atlantic Singles Rhino
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Comp Greatest Hits [Golden Stars]
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Comp The Essential Recordings Primo
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Single/EP Stand by Me/Spanish Harlem
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Single/EP Do It in the Name of Love Awesome Inc.
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Single/EP Don't Play That Song [Single] Sound and Vision
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Comp Dance With Me – 1958-1961 Jasmine / Jasmine Records
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Comp Brothers in Soul K-Tel
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Single/EP Ben E. King: The Extended Play Collection, Vol. 86 Cherished Records
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Single/EP Spanish Harlem Sound and Vision
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Single/EP Fever Sound and Vision
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Single/EP Stand by Me [Awesome, Inc.] Awesome Inc.
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Single/EP Gettin' to Me Kent
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Single/EP Stand by Me: Bud Zi Mnoy
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Comp 3 Original Albums Documents
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