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Ben E. King (aka Benjamin Earl Nelson, 1938–2015), born in Henderson, North Carolina, on this day in 1938, saw his iconic 1961 hit song made even more famous by another King — horror author Steven King, whose novella was adapted into a hit 1986 film. Here’s Ben E. King performing “Stand by Me,” as well as the memorable rendition recorded by John Lennon.