Though best known for his iconic and timeless “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King’s long and rich history career far deeper: His work with the Drifters solo hits like “Spanish Harlem” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” are part of r&b’s multi-layered history and have remain revered and influential. At 74, King is still an enduring musical voice, even as he’s stepped out of the music business to focus on his philanthropy. In concert, King not only plays the songs of his that are some of pop’s most recognizable but provides a link to the past that helped shape the music we love today.
Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 18, 2013