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Stand by Me' Singer Ben E. King Dies at 76

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Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben E. King, singer of such classics as "Stand By Me," "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai)

King died Thursday at age 76, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press. Brown did not immediately have other details.

As a member of the Drifters, King co-wrote and sang lead on "There Goes My Baby." The band had a string of hits featuring King, including "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "This Magic Moment," before he left in a contract dispute.

The 1961 ballad "Spanish Harlem" gave King his first solo hit. "Stand By Me," written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was chosen one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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