Honoring a Humble Star: A final ovation for Ben E. King
Ben E. King, the soulful singer of 1961’s “Stand by Me” who died April 30, returned Thursday to the place that gave birth to all soul music: the church.
A capacity crowd of 600 or more packed Englewood’s Community Baptist Church to bid farewell to the longtime Teaneck resident at a funeral service that mixed fond recollections, soaring rhetoric and even more soaring music.
“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because Mr. King – Mr. King – you are free!” intoned Angela Workman, formerly a backup singer for Ray Charles, as she put a personal stamp on the gospel classic “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”
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