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Ben E. King: The Fresh Air Interview

The hit songwriter sang bass with the doo-wop group The Crowns; he switched to lead vocals when they became The Drifters. King got his start at Harlem's Apollo Theater before finding national fame. As a solo performer, he had hits with original songs like "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem."

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Other segments from the episode on December 26, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 26, 1988: Interview with Ben E. King; Review of the ten best jazz albums of 1988; Interview with Ronnie Spector; Review of the made-for-TV movie "The Karen…

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