Ben E. King Net Worth

Ben E. King Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Benjamin Earl Nelson net worth is
$10 Million

Benjamin Earl Nelson Wiki Biography

Benjamin Earl King was born on 28 September 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina USA, and was a singer and record producer, best known for being the co-composer and singer of the hit “Stand By Me”. He was also one of the lead singers of the vocal group the Drifters and all of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2015.

How rich was Ben E. King? As of late-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $10 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry, including helping to create the hit single “Save the Last Dance for Me”. All of his achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Ben E. King Net Worth $10 million

King started singing when he joined church choirs, and later in high school would form a doo-wop group called the Four B’s. In 1958, he joined a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns, and this group would later become The Drifters after the original Drifters were fired. Ben would help create the song “There Goes My Baby”, and would also create numerous hits with the group for Atlantic Records. Other releases they made include “This Magic Moment” and “I Count the Tears”. After recording 13 songs with the Drifters, he had a contract dispute with their manager which led to him performing less with the group, but his net worth was assured.

He officially left the group in 1960, and would start a solo career under the name Ben E. King. He remained with Atlanta records, and created his first solo hit with the 1961 song “Spanish Harlem”. His next single would be “Stand By Me”, which would eventually become one of the Songs of the Century. Other hits he produced include “Young Boy Blues”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” and “Amor”. His songs continued reach the Billboard Hot 100 charts until 1965, when British pop bands started todominate. He still made several R&B hits during this time, and the song “Stand By Me” would be re-issued for the film of the same name in the late 1980s.

In 1990, King would record a revamped version of the song “Book of Love”, along with Bo Diddley and Doug Lazy. He also released a children’s album entitled “I Have Songs in My Pocket” in 1998, which would win several awards, and later on he would also perform “Stand By Me” on “The Late Show with David Letterman”. Ben would eventually be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter, and he was also inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009. The following year, he performed “Stand By Me” on the Latin Grammys, and it also received the 2012 Towering Song Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He would go on tour from 2013 to 2014.

For his personal life, it is known that King passed away in May 2015 having been suffering coronary problems prior to his death. He is survived by his wife Betty(m. 1964), three childre, and six grandchildren.

Full NameBen E. King
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 28, 1938
DiedApril 30, 2015, Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Place Of BirthHenderson, North Carolina, United States
SpouseBetty King (m. 1964–2015)
ChildrenAngela Matos, Benjamin King Jr., Terris Cannon
SiblingsGladys Johnson, Billy Nelson, Jeffrey Nelson, Calvin Nelson, Deborah Nelson, Joyce Powell, Stacy Nelson
AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, Stand by Me, Spanish Harlem, Don't Play That Song
Music GroupsThe Drifters (1958 – 1985), The Soul Clan (1969)
NominationsMTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film
MoviesAmerican Soul: Vol. 2, Ben E. King: The Jazz Channel Presents: BET on Jazz, Body + Soul: Legends of Soul: Live
1The industry now wants to be in charge of everything.
2It never dawned on me at any particular time of my life that people are paid tremendous money to sing.
3I do a lot of Vegas work and work with the comedians.
4At that time, we were in charge. We didn't ask. We just did. We just did what was in our heart.
5It doesn't take me long to write songs.
6The movie [Stand by Me (1986)] is actually from a book, by Stephen King, called "The Body". When they were gonna make it into a motion picture, they found the story was a bit too strong for the title, "The Body", based on a young kid's movie. It would be too heavy.
7When we took on the name The Drifters, we became the new Drifters, and signed a contract to be put on salary, which I think was like a hundred dollars a week, apiece, five hundred dollars for all five of us.
8When I got involved with The Five Crowns who later became The Drifters, and we got this hit record, I still was looking at this as kind of a fun thing.
9Yeah. I'm amateurish. I can play enough to write a song, or strum on a little guitar to write out a song. But, I don't play well at all. I wouldn't even attempt for a second to play in public.
10The Phil Spector that I would meet has always been a nice, quiet, little guy who's very serious about his work; obviously, you can tell that because each and everything he's ever done has always been charted.
11One minute we can be in a small club, the next minute we can be in a coliseum, and the next minute we can be in a small auditorium. It varies, depending on the promoter, the budget, and the travelling distance.
12If there's anything about the business that I love and that I'm extremely happy about, is that my career started at that time and that I met some of the greatest entertainers at that time and some are still here.
13Of course, the kids who had never heard of a person called Ben E. King were then aware of the name associated with the song. That gave a tremendous lift to me as an artist.
14I never even visualized for a second doing what I'm doing.
15We were doing things with a hundred per cent feeling. It wasn't programmed. It wasn't asked for. It wasn't structured. It was just there. It was very raw. I don't think the industry would allow that to happen again.
16One of the members of the group, I can't remember which one, found out we were making $3 - $5,000 a night. We were getting a hundred dollars a week a piece. Everybody got upset about it.
17He was a manager, one of the singers, I guess talent coordinator for the local talent in Harlem. His name was Lover Patterson. He was living right across the street from where my dad had his restaurant. I guess he saw a lot of kids come in, a lot of my buddies.
18Many times, I've gone on tours with Paul Anka. He would have someone sitting behind him to keep people from even talking to him. You were almost in a little restricted area there.
19It would probably take me an hour to two to write it down, get the feel of it, and that's with quite a few changes. It's not really a hard thing for me to do.
20Yeah. I've been pretty fortunate to travel I guess, all around the place.
21I do like what Alicia Keys and John Legend are doing. With their music, you keep your clothes on.
22I still think my whole career was accidental. I didn't pursue it. I feel like I'm cheating sometimes.
23And, because there was an honesty about all that was going on. It connected with the people in the street.
24You were able to sing something they related to instantly, because it was part of what you felt. It was part of what you had already traveled through. It's part of the people you were associating with daily. It was all of that.
25Those things don't happen today. I feel sorry for the kids in the industry today. They have on sunglasses, eat caviar in jet planes, but they'll never know the true feeling that we did.
1He grew up in Harlem, where his father had moved the family when he was a child. He began singing in church choirs. In high school, he formed a doo-wop group, the Four B's, that occasionally performed at the Apollo Theater.
2He changed his surname to King, which belonged to a favorite uncle, soon after joining The Drifters.
3He left The Drifters in 1960 and embarked on a successful solo career. "Spanish Harlem" reached the Top 10 that year. "Stand by Me", which he co-wrote, reached the Top 10 in 1961 (and again in 1986, when it was used in the soundtrack of the Rob Reiner film of the same name, Stand by Me (1986)).
4Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Drifters) in 1988.
5Singer, best known for his hit song "Stand By Me".


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
TimeshiftTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Nunca es tarde2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
11.22.632016TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Coronation StreetTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2015 performer - 1 episode, 1994
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Meet the Patels2014Documentary writer: "Stand By Me"
Alive Inside2014Documentary performer: "Stand by Me" / writer: "Stand by Me"
Cedar Cove2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jimi: All Is by My Side2013writer: "Try Me One Time"
The X Factor2005-2013TV Series writer - 5 episodes
So You Think You Can DanceTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2013
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Girls2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Occamova britva2013TV Movie writer: "Stand By Me"
The Richest Songs in the World2012TV Movie documentary performer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited / writer: "Stand by Me" - uncredited
American Horror Story2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sarah G Live2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Musikrausch - Der Konzertsommer2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Di yi ci2012writer: "Stand By Me" - as Ben King
American Idol2005-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Lotta & die großen Erwartungen2012TV Movie performer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited / writer: "Stand By Me" - uncredited
Beatrix, Oranje onder VuurTV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
How I Met Your Mother2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gent de paraula2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Flipped2010/Iwriter: "Stand By Me", "There Goes My Baby" - as Ben King
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Campamento Flipy2010performer: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me" - as Ben King
EastEndersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Valentine's Day2010/Iperformer: "Amor"
Rock & Chips2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Men of a Certain Age2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance CanadaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Der Mann auf der Brücke2009TV Movie writer: "Stand By Me"
The Simpsons2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Caras & Bocas2009TV Series writer: "Stand by Me"
Deutschland sucht den SuperstarTV Series 1 episode, 2009 writer - 3 episodes, 2002 - 2008
Lulu und Jimi2009writer: "Stand by Me"
WWE Tribute for the Troops2008TV Special performer: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me"
The Choir: Boys Don't Sing2008TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Kids2008lyrics: "Stand by Me" / music: "Stand by Me" / performer: "Stand by Me"
Cloverfield2008performer: "Beautiful Girls" / writer: "Beautiful Girls" - as Ben King
Música des del cor2007TV Movie writer: "Ets en mi"
Idols2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Patinando por un sueño2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idool 20072007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold CaseTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game "Stand by Me"
Minyeo-neun goerowo2006writer: "Stand By Me"
How Music WorksTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Idols!2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cheap2005writer: "There Goes My Baby"
Stubbs the Zombie in 'Rebel Without a Pulse'2005Video Game writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as B. King
Sto para 5TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Indigo Prophecy2005Video Game performer: "Street Tough"
Forty Shades of Blue2005performer: "It's All Over"
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
No Regrets2004"Stand By Me" / performer: "Stand By Me"
Malaysian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol2003-2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2003-2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol stjörnuleit2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lo + plus2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Led Zeppelin DVD2003Video documentary writer: "We're Gonna Groove"
Hal and Stan2003Video short performer: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me"
Idol2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Queer as Folk2001-2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Sopranos2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Zwei Männer am HerdTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Secret Men's Business1999TV Movie performer: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me"
Beyond the Mat1999Documentary writer: "Stand By Me"
The '60s1999TV Movie performer: "Stand by Me" / writer: "Stand by Me"
Very Bad Things1998performer: "Supernatural Thing" Remix 1975
All I Wanna Do1998performer: "I Who Have Nothing"
Among Giants1998writer: "Stand By Me"
Highlander1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stand by Me1995Short lyrics: "Stand by Me" / music: "Stand by Me"
Chicago HopeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1995
There Goes My Baby1994writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as Benjamin Nelson
Florida Lady1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
Made in America1993performer: "If You Need A Miracle"
The Sandlot1993writer: "There Goes My Baby"
Beverly Hills, 90210TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
MarienhofTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
The Wonder YearsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1992 writer - 1 episode, 1992
Vacanze di Natale '911991writer: "Stand by Me"
Midnight Caller1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Northern ExposureTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
David Hasselhoff Live & Forever1990Video writer: "Stand By Me"
To Sleep with Anger1990writer: "Stand By Me"
Shag1989/Iperformer: "Every Day I Have to Cry", "I'm Leaving It All Up to You"
Mull1989writer: "Stand by Me"
Imagine: John Lennon1988Documentary writer: "Stand By Me"
Salsa1988performer: "Spanish Harlem"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Best Seller1987performer: "PERFECT ENDING"
It's Garry Shandling's Show.TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1987 writer - 1 episode, 1987
Crime StoryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Stand by Me1986as B.E. King, "Stand By Me" / performer: "Stand By Me"
Playing for Keeps1986writer: "STAND BY ME"
Rock for Afrika1985TV Special documentary writer: "Stand By Me"
Calamari Union1985lyrics: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me"
The Flamingo Kid1984performer: "Stand by Me" / writer: "Stand by Me" - as King
Urban Cowboy1980writer: "Stand by Me"
The Wanderers1979performer: "Stand By Me" / writer: "Stand By Me"
American Hot Wax1978writer: "There Goes My Baby"
Fingers1978writer: "There Goes My Baby" - as Benjamin Nelson
Black Joy1977performer: "Stand by Me" / writer: "Stand by Me"
Warum läuft Herr R. Amok1970performer: "Stand by Me" / writer: "Stand by Me"
Hollywood a Go GoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965


Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party1988TV Movie


Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Concert2003VideoHimself
A Tribute to Leiber and Stoller2002VideoHimself
Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesHimself
The Atlantic Records Story1994TV SpecialHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
Jools Holland's Happening1991TV SeriesHimself
Grammy Legends1990TV SpecialHimself
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll1988TV MovieHimself
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits1988TV MovieHimself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Second Annual Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert1987TV MovieHimself
Stand by Me: AIDS Day Benefit1987TV MovieHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987TV SeriesHimself
Love Me Tender: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley1987TV MovieHimself
Solid Gold1986TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986TV SeriesHimself
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHimself
Soul Alive1977TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1977TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973TV SeriesHimself
Schlag auf Schlag1969TV MovieHimself - Singer
Die Drehscheibe1968-1969TV SeriesSinger
Ready, Steady, Go!1964-1966TV SeriesHimself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Discs a Go-Go1965TV SeriesHimself
The Lloyd Thaxton Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1964TV SeriesHimself
Bang! The Bert Berns Story2016DocumentaryHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself (voice)
The Richest Songs in the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-writer, Stand By Me
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
A.K.A. Doc Pomus2012Documentary
2011 FNS Kayôsai2011TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009VideoHimself
11th Annual the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: George Carlin2008TV MovieHimself
My Music: Doo Wop Love Songs2007TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2007TV SeriesHimself
Advertising's Greatest Hits2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Ben E King)

Archive Footage

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards2016TV MovieHimself - In Memoriam
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHimself
My Music: Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind2010TV MovieHimself

Won Awards

1988Most Performed Song from a FilmBMI Film & TV AwardsStand by Me (1986)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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