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The Ben E. King Era

Ben E. King Discography

There would be a succession of lesser known leads – Bobby Lee Hollis being one – Bobby Hendricks came back and then left again and then some stability was achieved with the addition of Ben E. King in 1958.  With King at the lead microphone, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had been brought in by Atlantic to take over production duties and the Drifters thrived.

The Treadwell difficulties continued when King’s agent and Drifters’ road manager, Lover Patterson locked horns with Treadwell.  As a result Patterson refused to let Ben E. King tour with the Drifters and the writing was on the wall.  The end for the great lead singer came when he – as others had attempted – asked Treadwell for a raise.  He was promptly refused – and so departed to embark on a reasonably successful solo career.

45 – Atco 6185 – Spanish Harlem – Charted Number 15 R&B Charts – Number 10 Hot 100 Charts – b/w First Taste of Love – Charted Number 53 Hot 100 Charts – Released November, 1960

45 – Atco 6194 – Stand By Me – Charted Number 1 for 4 Weeks R&B Charts – Number 4 Hot 100 Charts – Released April, 1961

45 – Atco 6203 – Amor – Charted Number 10 R&B Charts – Number 18 Hot 100 Charts – Released July, 1961

45 – Atco 6207 – Young Boy Blues b/w Here Comes The Night – Double Sided Hit – Charted Numbers 66 and 81 Hot 100 Charts – Released September, 1961

45 – Atco 6215 – Ecstasy – Charted Number 56 Hot 100 Charts – Released January, 1962

45 – Atco 6222 – Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) – Charted Number 2 R&B Charts – Number 10 Hot 100 Charts – Released April, 1962

45 – Atco 6231 – Too Bad – Charted Number 88 Hot 100 Charts – Released July, 1962

45 – Atco 6237 – I’m Standing By – Charted Number 111 Bubbling Under Charts – Released October, 1962

45 – Atco 6246 – Tell Daddy – Charted Number 29 R&B Charts – Number 122 Bubbling Under Charts – Released December, 1962

45 – Atco 6256 – How Can I Forget – Charted Number 23 R&B Charts – Number 85 Hot 100 Charts – Released February, 1963

45 – Atco 6267 – I (Who Have Nothing) – Charted Number 16 R&B Charts – Number 29 Hot 100 Charts – Released June, 1963

45 – Atco 6275 – I Could Have Danced All Night – Charted Number 72 Hot 100 Charts – Released October, 1963

45 EP – Atco 33-165 – Ben E. King’s Greatest Hits – Released 1964

45 – Atco 6288 – That’s When It Hurts b/w Around the Corner – Double Sided Hit – Side 1 Number 17 R&B Charts – Number 63 Hot 100 Charts – Side 2 Number 125 Bubbling Under Charts – Released March, 1964

45 – Atco 6303 – What Can A Man Do – Charted Number 39 R&B Charts – Number 113 Bubbling Under Charts – Released June, 1964

45 – Atco 6315 – It’s All Over – Charted Number 40 R&B Charts – Number 72 Hot 100 Charts – Released September, 1964

45 – Atco 6328 – Seven Letters – Charted Number 11 R&B Charts – Number 45 Hot 100 Charts – Released December, 1964

45 – Atco 6343 – The Record (Baby I Love You) – Charted Number 24 R&B Charts – Number 84 Hot 100 Charts – Released March, 1965

45 – Atco 6357 – She’s Gone Again – Charted Number 128 Bubbling Under Charts – Released May, 1965

45 – Atco 6390 – Goodnight My Love – Charted Number 91 Hot 100 Charts – Released December, 1965

45 – Atco 6413 – So Much Love – Charted Number 96 Hot 100 Charts – Released April, 1966

45 – Atco 6454 – What Is Soul? – Charted Number 38 R&B Charts – Released November, 1966

45 – Atco 6472 – Tears, Tears, Tears – Charted Number 34 R&B Charts – Number 93 Hot 100 Charts – Released March, 1967

45 – Atco 6557 – We Got A Thing Going On – Charted Number 127 Bubbling Under Charts – Released February, 1968

45 – Atco 6571 – Don’t Take Your Love From Me – Charted Number 44 R&B Charts – Number 117 Bubbling Under Charts – Released April, 1968

45 – Atco 6637 – Til I Can’t Take It Anymore – Charted Number 45 R&B Charts – Number 134 Bubbling Under Charts – Released November, 1968

45 – Maxwell 800 – I Can’t Take It Like A Man – Charted Number 45 R&B Charts – Released November, 1969

45 – Atlantic 3241 – Supernatural Thing – Charted Number 1 R&B Charts – Number 5 Hot 100 Charts – Released January, 1975

45 – Atlantic 3274 – Do It In the Name of Love – Charted Number 4 R&B Charts – Number 60 Hot 100 Charts – Released May, 1975

45 – Atlantic 3308 – I Had A Love – Charted Number 23 R&B Charts – Released December, 1975

45 – Atlantic 3402 – Get It Up – Charted Number 21 R&B Charts – Released May, 1977

45 – Atlantic 3427 – A Star in the Ghetto – Charted Number 25 R&B Charts – Released August, 1977

45 – Atlantic 3635 – Music Trance – Charted Number 29 R&B Charts – Released January, 1980

45 – Atlantic 89361 – Stand By Me – Charted Number 9 Hot 100 – Released September, 1986

(From the motion picture of the same name)

Ben E. King Long Play Discography

LP – Atco 133 – Spanish Harlem – Charted Number 57 LP Charts – Released July, 1961

LP – Atco 137 – Ben E. King Sings For Soulful Lovers – Released February, 1962

LP – Atco 142 – Don’t Play That Song! – Released May, 1962

LP – Clarion 606 – Young Boy Blues – Released 1965

LP – Atco 174 – Seven Letters – Released January, 1965

LP – Maxwell 88001 – Rough Edges – Released 1970

LP – Mandella 3007 – The Beginning Of It All – Released 1971

LP – Alantic 18132 – Supernatural – Charted Number 39 LP Charts – Released April, 1975

LP – Atlantic 18169 – I Had A Love – Released 1976

LP – Atlantic 19105 – Benny and Us – Charted Number 33 LP Charts – (with the Average White Band) – Released June, 1977

LP – Atlantic 19200 – Let Me Live In Your Life – Released 1978

LP – Atlantic 19269 – Music Trance – Released 19080

LP – Atlantic 19300 – Street Tough – Released 1981

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