June 19, 2015– BEN E. KING

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‘Spot light on a Song’

Happy Friday music fans! And welcome summer. Perhaps the most beautiful time of the year here in the PNW. Sunshine and 75 (no humidity) every day. Pretty nice.

And with change, sometimes comes a little sadness. Schedules morphing, people growing, routine—POOF! It can be hard that little word: CHANGE. And when I’m going through it, I tend to fall back on songs that have been around for a while…stand the testament of time.

Today’s ‘Spot light’ is Benjamin Earl Nelson; born on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina, and moved to Harlem, New York, at the age of nine. We know him as Ben E. King, whoh began singing in church choirs, and in high school formed the Four B’s, a doo-wop group that occasionally performed at the Apollo.

As a Drifter and as a solo artist, King had achieved five number one hits: “There Goes My Baby”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Stand By Me”, “Supernatural Thing”, and the 1986 re-issue of “Stand By Me”. He also earned 12 Top 10 hits and 26 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter; he was also nominated as a solo artist.

King died on April 30, 2015, at the age of 76. A great vocalist and true loss of what I consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. Thank you Mr. King for this gift. One that I continually fall back on which brings me comfort, strength, and inspiration to just keep swimming. <3

Strum a little….

~Abby K

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