"Stand By Me" singer Ben E. King memorialized, celebrated at funeral

More than 600 people filled a church in northern New Jersey to pay final respects and celebrate the life of singer Ben E. King.

King, who was best known for his hit "Stand By Me," died April 30 of natural causes in his hometown of Teaneck. He was 76.

The Record newspaper reports family, friends and some well-known musicians were on hand at Englewood's Community Baptist Church on Thursday.

Don Gardner, the vocalist-drummer who had hits with Dee Dee Ford in the 1960s, called King a "sweetheart."

King was the lead singer of the Drifters and a solo star whose baritone produced pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem."

Earlier this year, the Library of Congressinducted King's version of "Stand By Me" into the National Recording Registry.

He was interred in Hackensack Cemetery.