Ben E. King has died at the age of 76. Dozens of celebrities have paid tribute to the late soul singer on social media and have mourned the loss of "one of the greats".
Ben E. King, the soul singer best known for the 1960 hit single 'Stand By Me', has died at the age of 76. King died on Thursday (30th April), his publicist confirmed to NBC. Details regarding his cause of death are yet to be released.
Ben E. King has died at the age of 76.
The singer was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina. Born in 1938, King moved to Harlem, New York at the age of nine. At the age of 20, King joined a doo-wop group which became known as the Drifters. King fronted the band and they had a number of R&B hits including 'There Goes My Baby' in 1959.
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Jessie Mueller - The cast of' Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' celebrate their recent Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album with an on stage celebration at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at Stephen Sondheim Theatre,, Grammy - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th February 2015
Jessie Mueller - The cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrate their recent Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album with a backstage celebration at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at Stephen Sondheim Theatre,, Grammy - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 11th February 2015
Carole King - Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis Honoring Martin Bandier held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. at Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015
Goffin, who is responsible for some of the most enduring hits of the 1950s and 60s, died peacefully at his home.
Gerry Goffin, the lyricist behind some of Carole King’s most unforgettable hits, has died at age 75. Goffin is best known for hit songs like (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, sung by Aretha Franklin, Take Good Care of My Baby, made famous by Bobby Vee, and The Drifters’ Up on the Roof.
The night was full of heart-warming tributes, all in the name of charity.
At Friday night’s MusiCares gala, Carole King was most definitely the star of the night – and the year, as she was honored with MusiCares’ Person of the Year award. More than 2000 admirers filled the Los Angeles Convention Center to pay tribute to King. Past MusiCares honorees Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan and David Crosby were also in attendance along with the likes of Yoko Ono, Ciara, Diane Warren, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, USA Today reports.
King joins the likes of Bonnie Raitt and David Crossby in winning the honor.
The ceremony kicked off with host Jimmy Kimmel paying tribute to King’s five-decade career and the 1971 album that started it all. “That cat from the Tapestry album must be dead, right?” Kimmel quipped in his opening speech. He was followed by renditions of King’s most popular songs, performed by some of the biggest names in music today.
The surviving Beatles will perform at the ceremony and fans are hoping the two will join each other on stage for a reunion performance
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.
Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together
The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.
The legendary singer is awarded for her services to music
As big weeks go, Carole King can easily boast the biggest; she’s become the first woman to win the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and she’ll be ‘In Performance at the White House’ on May 22.
At the Library of Congress event, she’ll perform alongside Patti Austin, Colbie Caillat, Michael Feinstein, Siedah Garrett, Louise Goffin, Shelby Lynne, Gian Marco and Arturo Sandoval. The award, which was established in 2007 to celebrate the music-writing team of George and Ira Gershwin, is to be presented to King at the White House tomorrow following tonight’s intimate performance at the LoC. Tomorrow night, she’ll be joined by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. She keeps some stellar company indeed! Previous winners of the Gershwin prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. With a career spanning five decades and more than 20 solo albums, King is certainly a worthy recipient of the prize.
Carole King gets a Broadway musical in her honor
Carole King’s life will be documented in musical format as Beautiful: The Carole King Musical gets Broadway date. The show will hit theatres in Spring 2014, according to The Hollywood reporter.
The bio-musical will feature songs written by King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and will be written by screenwriter Douglas McGrath – who was nominated for an Oscar for his script for 1994's Bullets Over Broadway. “What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting," said King in a statement. "In fact, when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock 'n roll songs. The songs took off, and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle." The production is currently working out a pre-Broadway, out-of-town tryout engagement this fall.
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In her recent biography and a follow-up interview, singer/songwriter Carol King has revealed that her late husband, composer Rick Evers, used to beat her during their year-long marriage.
Carole King, the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, has revealed that Rick Evers, her third husband, physically abused her during their relationship. King married the composer in 1977; the two had met during the recording of her album 'Simple Things'. The marriage continued until Evers died in 1978 from a heroin overdose. King revealed in her book, 'A Natural Woman', that he had a bad temper and hit her over their yearlong marriage.
She explained one of the occasions, saying: "Without warning he struck with his right fist, he hit me hard as if he were in a boxing ring, except he wasn't wearing gloves and he wasn't in a boxing ring." The 70-year-old King thinks that it is important for people to hear the story, in order to draw attention to domestic abuse in the world, and make sure that victims know that help is available.
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