Born Ben Earl Nelson in North Carolina in 1938, Ben E. King is undoubtedly one of the world's most recognizable R&B voices. First singing in church choirs as a child, he joined doo-wop group The Five Crowns in 1958. That same year, the group was hired to replace all the members of The Drifters, recording some of the band's most memorable songs, including Save the Last Dance for Me (1960). Officially changing his stage name to Ben E. King in 1960, the soft baritone pursued a successful solo career with his unforgettable classic, Stand by Me. The latter charted again in 1987 with the movie of the same name, instigating a renewed interest in King's music and solo material, with several acclaimed albums released since, including 1999's jazz-inspired Shades of Blue and 2006's I've Been Around.