Ben E. King

1938 - 2015

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Benjamin Earl King (né Nelson; September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He rose to prominence as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters, notably singing the lead vocals on three of their biggest hit singles "There Goes My Baby", "This Magic Moment", and "Save the Last Dance for Me" (their only U.S. No. 1 hit). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ben E. King has received more than 2,521,483 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Ben E. King is the 205th most popular singer (down from 168th in 2019), the 1,321st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,076th in 2019) and the 68th most popular American Singer.

Ben E. King is most famous for being the lead singer of the group The Drifters.

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  • 48

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  • 4.52

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  • 4.47

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Ben E. King ranks 205 out of 4,381Before him are Viktor Tsoi, Alessandro Moreschi, David Coverdale, Anastacia, Valery Leontiev, and Dionne Warwick. After him are Mahalia Jackson, Dr. Dre, Mariska Veres, Britney Spears, Asmahan, and Kris Kristofferson.

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Among people born in 1938, Ben E. King ranks 76Before him are Tomas Lindahl, Ivan Sutherland, Derek Jacobi, Enrico Macias, Anthony James Leggett, and Ian Stewart. After him are Michael Rockefeller, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Luigi Tenco, Etta James, David Irving, and Taha Yassin Ramadan. Among people deceased in 2015, Ben E. King ranks 64Before him are Marshall Rosenberg, Francesco Rosi, Maureen O'Hara, Zhelyu Zhelev, Rose Francine Rogombé, and Setsuko Hara. After him are Udo Lattek, Alfred G. Gilman, Georges Wolinski, Gabriele Ferzetti, Chantal Akerman, and Robert Loggia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ben E. King ranks 1,321 out of 20,380Before him are Gene Tierney (1920), Sarah Jessica Parker (1965), Rosemary Kennedy (1918), Eliot Ness (1903), Larry King (1933), and James Spader (1960). After him are Wes Anderson (1969), Mahalia Jackson (1911), John Grisham (1955), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Mark Ruffalo (1967), and J. K. Simmons (1955).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Ben E. King ranks 68Before him are Taylor Swift (1989), Mario Lanza (1921), Otis Redding (1941), Courtney Love (1964), Anastacia (1968), and Dionne Warwick (1940). After him are Mahalia Jackson (1911), Dr. Dre (1965), Britney Spears (1981), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Etta James (1938), and George Benson (1943).