83. Ben E. King

83. 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.   The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1986   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City)   Why He 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 He 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 and 1988 Class   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)   www.beneking.info {acepolls 101}

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