The Weekend Update: May 4

The Weekend Update: May 4

The weekend is never quite long enough, and it seems as though there’s always too much to do. With so many things happening, who can keep up? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered; here are a some of the things that happened this past weekend – in case you missed it.

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Ben E. King Dies At 76

We mourned the passing of Ben E. King, the legendary singer and songwriter who penned one of the most enduring songs of all time. King passed away Thursday at the age of 76, as confirmed by his agent on Friday. Perhaps most famous for his hit “Stand By Me”, which has been included on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time as well as being voted one of the Songs of the Century by the RIAA, King was also a member of the reinvented Drifters in the late 50’s before venturing out on his own. Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina before relocating to Harlem at a young age, King would go on to have a career that spans over 50 years as a performer. As reported by the NY Times, he is survived by his mother, Jenny Nelson; his wife of 51 years, Betty King; two daughters, Terris Cannon and Angela Matos; a son, Benjamin Jr.; four sisters, Joyce Powell, Gladys Johnson, Deborah Nelson and Stacy Nelson; three brothers, Jeffrey, Calvin and Billy; and six grandchildren.

Speaking about his timeless hit “Stand By Me” in an interview with the Big Issue in 2012 – King said, “I knew it had some strength, some good words. But I didn’t think much more than that. When I started to hear it on the radio and heard people talking about it, I did get to the point of realizing that the song had something special.”

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