You know Ben E. King for "Stand By Me", which is almost on the same cultural level as Louis Armstrong's "It's a Wonderful World" by now. Somehow this song got left behind in the wake but when you hear King's voice crack singing "Each night is like a thousand years", it hits just as hard. It's a little movie in two minutes, like the down parts in American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused, the pain of growing up, the prequel or the sequel to Stand By Me.
I'd put this on any top ten list of songs from that era. King is still playing shows to this day.