Spanish Harlem

I suppose if this song came out today, it would have to be called East Harlem, but that doesn’t really have the same ring to it. One of the most influential pop songs of all time, Spanish Harlem is written & produced by Lieber & Stoller (with Phil Spector somehow wrangling a credit in their somewhere) and originally performed by Ben E. King in 1960 after going solo, it has since been covered by artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Tom Jones, and referenced in other songs by the likes of Elton John and Rob Thomas.

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Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King at Grooveshark.

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An American Legend.

Posted on July 13, 2012, in smile's Song Of The Day and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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