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Legend: Ben E King

Legend: Ben E King

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Legend: Ben E King

Stand By Me singer Ben E King has died at the age of 76, his publicist said.

The US star first found fame with The Drifters before scoring a huge hit with the track that became his signature song.

Phil Brown said: "He passed away from natural causes."

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, he moved to New York as a child and got involved in the burgeoning doo wop scene.

He scored hits including Save The Last Dance For Me and There Goes My Baby with The Drifters before going solo in 1960.

His first two singles, Spanish Harlem and Stand By Me, were huge hits and more followed but Stand By Me only topped the UK charts in 1987 after it featured in an advert for Levis jeans.

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