Ben E. King and Bob Dylan

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Ben E. King passed away April 30, 2015.

In this post I will connect Ben E. King to Bob Dylan.

  1. Ben E. King
  2. Ben E. King covering Bob Dylan
  3. Ben E. King & Bob Dylan together on stage
  4. Bob Dylan mentions “Stand By Me”.. a couple of times

Ben E. King

Birth name Benjamin Earl Nelson
Also known as Ben E. King
Born September 28, 1938
Henderson, North Carolina
Origin Harlem, New York
Died April 30, 2015 (aged 76)
Hackensack, New Jersey
Genres Soul, R&B, pop, doo-wop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano,keyboards
Years active 1958–2015
Labels Atco Records
Atlantic Records
Ichiban Records
Associated acts The Drifters
The Five Crowns

Benjamin Earl King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015), professionally known by his pseudonym Ben E. King, was an American soul and R&B singer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me“—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and #25 on the RIAA’s list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters.

Stand By Me

Ben E. King covering Bob Dylan

On King’s album “Rough Edges” (released July 7, 1970), he did two Bob Dylan covers.


Lay Lady Lay

This one is tangled up in “In The Midnight Hour”

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You

Ben E. King & Bob Dylan together on stage

The Grand Ballroom
Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
New York City, New York
20 January 1988
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

I Saw Her Standing There

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Bob Dylan mentions “Stand By Me”.. a couple of times

Bill Flanagan Interview, New York – March 1985

BF: Jackson Browne said that he thought Every Breath You Take was kind of unfair to the woman to whom it was directed, ‘cause the song is told so powerfully from Sting’s point of view and it’s so inescapable.

BD: Oh, I don’t think so. That was a good song. Sort of reminds me of Stand By Me. You can take any side you want. You don’t have to tell the other person’s side. There’s no law that says you have to do that. I think he said whatever he had to say in that song pretty bluntly and right to the point. He didn’t try to make it cute or clever or anything. He did it and was gone. I think that was a really good song.

Elliot Mintz interview, Los Angeles, California – 22 November 1992

EM: Twelve years now after John’s [Lennon’s] passing… A long time to examine the body of work and what he left behind musically. What do you think his most significant contribution was to rock n’ roll… as an artist?

BD: He was talented as a musician which you don’t see… It’s just like another one of those things… People don’t give him credit for saying something that takes over… It’s like personality takes over at a certain point. To me, he could play and he sang great. And he had the attitude of course. You know, it’s hard to separate what he did as a Beatle, because the attitude was there that he had. To me it was the same attitude earlier on before he did the primal therapy thing and came out. To me, he was always a musician first. Like, to me, his version of “Stand By Me” is the version regardless of the song’s been done so many times, but his was better than the original.

MusiCares Person of Year speech – Feb. 6 in Los Angeles

..One of the songs I’m thinking about singing is “Stand By Me” by the Blackwood Brothers. Not “Stand By Me” the pop song. No. The real “Stand By Me.”

Bob Dylan also mentioned Ben E. King twice (that I know of) on his Theme Time Radio Hour.

Episode 85: War and Episode 95: Truth and Lies

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