Ben E. King, Spanish Harlem [Single] (1962)
Obviously these are both great songs – and I used to play the B-Side quite a lot as part of DJ sets. I’m not a massive Ben E. King fan by any stretch, which is to say I don’t know any deep cuts, I only know the hits. I had a greatest hits CD and I don’t own any of his original albums and pretty sure this is the only thing of his I have on vinyl (apart from a killer album he did with the Average White Band). But I marked his passing because King had a couple of signature songs. Maybe three (or even four). And that’s more than most people get. Don’t get me wrong – I like everything about him that I’ve heard. But I can’t say I’m curious to dig any deeper. There’s just too much music in the world. But I’m pleased to have this – it’s a nice little reminder of his talent, of a couple of the songs that he really made stick.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Spanish Harlem
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)
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