This Black Music History Month, we're honoring music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ben E. King with a new mural!
As a Drifter and as a solo artist, King had achieved five No. 1 hits: "There Goes My Baby," "Save The Last Dance For Me," "Stand By Me," "Supernatural Thing," and the 1986 re-issue of "Stand By Me." He also earned 12 Top 10 hits and 25 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986.
"Stand by Me," written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, ultimately would be voted as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Stand by Me," "There Goes My Baby," and "Spanish Harlem" were named as three of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were all given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, as well as "Save The Last Dance For Me."
Ben E. King was born in Henderson, North Carolina on September 28, 1938, before moving to Harlem at age 9. Henderson is a rural tobacco city with music in its veins, with the likes of Shirley Owens of the Shirelles and Gerald Alston also calling it their hometown. Despite this, many locals are unaware of the talented music legends that have come from Henderson!
Our nonprofit seeks to change that.
In partnership with the NC Musician Murals Project, we will be installing a new BEN E. KING MURAL on the Henderson Tobacco Warehouse,
where locals and visitors alike can celebrate his legacy, try local foods and products, receive business support, take free educational workshops, and even launch their music career on our live performance stage.
But we need your help!
We ask you to "Stand By US" in our endeavor to create opportunities OF ALL KINDS for Henderson's minority businesses, creatives, and performers.
Let's give Ben E. King his LONG OVERDUE celebration!