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Ben E. King

Ben E. King

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The Inconsistent Drifters

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 7 October 1961


The Great Unknowns No.4: Ben E. King

Discography by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 20 April 1963

The Latin-Tinged Balladeer Who Never Quite Made It! ...

Although Shirley's Already Climbing The Charts There's Room For Everybody In The 'I Who Have Nothing' Battle

Report by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, 5 October 1963

EVERY NOW and again a song is written that is so excellent that many artists rush to make their versions of it. A battle usually ...

Ben E. King — 'The Drifters and I'

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 15 February 1964

A MUSIC reporters life is not an easy one. But a big consolation is when instead of having to report on music and artistes which ...

LP's from Ben E. King & Drifters

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 5 June 1965

THE DRIFTERS — The Good Life — 'Quando Quando Quando'; 'On The Street Where You Live'; 'I Wish You Love'; 'Tonight'; 'More'; 'What Kind Of ...

Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett: For Soul Brothers — A Bumper Crop Of LPs

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, 12 November 1966

FOR ALL discotheque darlings and soul brothers and sisters Atlantic in Britain have re-released a bumper crop of albums. ...

Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Alan Bown Set: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 22 April 1967

BO and BEN: the rock-soul truce men! ...

Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Alan Bown Set: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 22 April 1967

THE AUDIENCE stole the show at London's Saville Theatre on Sunday, presenting their polished performance of Mass Idiocy — the new art form. ...

Ben E. King Why Ben Stopped Drifting

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, 25 March 1972

KEEPING abreast of the times, says Ben E. King, is one of the most important and difficult jobs for a singer. He's been singing and ...

The Spinners, the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Ben E. King, Sister Sledge: Manchester Opera House

Live Review by Idris Walters, Melody Maker, 12 April 1975

ATLANTIC'S Supersoul On-Tour '75 (direct descendant from the sixties' Stax/Volt Review) hit the Manchester Opera House after a successful opening night at the Liverpool Empire. ...

Sister Sledge; Jimmy Castor; Ben E. King; The Spinners: Return of the Soul Package

Report and Interview by Bob Fisher, Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

From the great lost soul label of Atlantic it came, writhing with synchronized funk, its many black heads chanting and wailing. Nothing like it had ...

Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Spinners, Sister Sledge: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, 26 April 1975


Ben E. King: That Voice

Profile and Interview by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, May 1975

EXTRAORDINARY OR just plain down to earth great, there's something about the name Ben E. King and his powerful voice that conjures up one hell ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

'SUPERNATURAL Thing Pt. 1' marks the first occasion on which Ben E. King has hit the American Top twenty since 'Don't Play That Song' in ...

Ben E. King: The Ben E. King Story

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

ATLANTIC, YOU'RE NOT fooling anyone. ...

Ben E. King: Camden Lock

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 2 October 1976

MY LAST VISIT to the quaint, cobbled pavements of Camden Lock was to see Eddie Floyd knocking on wood in standard mid-60s soul routine. Ben ...

Ben E. King/Average White Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 30 July 1977

THIS ISN'T an original thought but it bears repeating: Ben E. King is an excellent singer, and highly individual with it – unmistakeable in a ...

Ben E. King: The Chimes of Big Ben

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1977

An album and a successful tour with the Average White Band has lifted soul veteran Ben E. King back to the top. He tells Davitt ...

Ben E. King: Here Comes The Night

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 20 October 1984

WHEN, IN 1967, Ben E King asks What Is Soul?, the answer is properly Ben E King himself, although not on What Is Soul?! And ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural and Benny And Us

Sleeve notes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2009

BY NOW IT'S A TRUISM that F. Scott Fitzgerald got it wrong when he said, "There are no second acts in American lives." Sure, lots ...

Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011

Obituary by David Hepworth, The Word, October 2011

The man who made "15-minute radio plays" into hits. ...

see also Drifters, The


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