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104.  Ben E. King

Although none of the members of the NIHOF committee were alive when Ben E. King achieved his greatest success, we were among the millions that rediscovered him with the re-release of his signature song, “Stand by Me”. Those that found him again, found one of the smoothest voices of and most sophisticated voices of all time.

Ben E. King is already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Drifters, though he achieved equal success when he struck out as a solo artist. His singing style is timeless and he has a voice that feels like poetry. With numerous number one hits, he does have a Hall worthy resume, though the biggest question is whether the Hall feels they have done right by King by way of his induction with the Drifters.

 


Ben E. King

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Should Ben E. King be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 68.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 2.1%
No way! - 8.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #99
    2012: #92
    2013: #89
    2014: #85
    2015: #83
    2016: #86
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1986
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City)
  • Why they will get in: He was nominated three times before and he is widely known. Few would feel that he is taking the place of an artist(s) more deserving.
  • Why they won't get in: He is already in as a member of the Drifters, so the Hall may feel he is honored enough already.
  • Nominated in: 1986,1987,1988
  • Essential Albums: Spanish Harlem (1961)
    Don’t Play That Song (1962)
    Young Boy Blues (1964)
    Supernatural Thing (1975)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Spanish Harlem (From Spanish Harlem, 1961)
    Amor (From Spanish Harlem, 1961)
    Stand By Me (From Don’t Play That Song, 1962)
    I (Who Have Nothing) (From Young Boy Blues, 1964)
    Supernatural Thing #1 (From Supernatural Thing, 1975)

Should Ben E. King be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 68.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 2.1%
No way! - 8.3%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 19:07
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+2 #1 serena 2013-09-28 13:55
the best singer of all time :lol: :-)
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