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Encyclopedia > Stand by Me (song)
"Stand by Me"
Single by Ben E. King
Writer Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

"Stand by Me" is the title of a song performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The song is based on a 1955 Gospel song of the same name by The Staples Singers. Leiber and Stoller gave it a more contemporary sound. Since its release, there have been many cover versions of the song, though none have achieved the fame of the original. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) then moved to Harlem, NY at the age of nine. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) then moved to Harlem, NY at the age of nine. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Stand by Me may refer to: Stand by Me (song), a 1961 song by Ben E. King, covered by many artists Stand By Me (band), a pop group based out of Edmonton, Canada Stand by Me (film), a 1986 film directed by Rob Reiner Stand by Me (Oasis song), a... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) then moved to Harlem, NY at the age of nine. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ...


When he wrote the song, King had had no intention of recording the song himself.[1] King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. In the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King says that he never planned on recording it by himself. It wasn't until after the Spanish Harlem recording session that he had some studio time left over. The producer asked if he had any more songs and King played Stand By Me on the piano for him. The producer liked it and called all the studio musicians back in to record it. If Mr. King hadn't finished recording his other songs early, Stand By Me might never have been recorded. The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ...


The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for 2 years.



King's version was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, and a 1986 rerelease coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It reached #8 in the United World Chart. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Stand by Me is a 1986 drama film directed by Rob Reiner. ... Alternative meaning: Claude L vi-Strauss, the French anthropologist. ... The United World Chart is a worldwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles in the world. The United World Chart uses the same system as the Billboard Hot 100, in which the tracking...


"Stand by Me" was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances. The song was recently sampled on Sean Kingston's single "Beautiful Girls". This article is about the magazine. ... ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Kisean Anderson (born February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida[1]), better known by his stage name Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican American pop singer and rapper. ... Beautiful Girls is a song by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut. ...


The song is one of three mentioned by name in Eric Carmen's song Make Me Lose Control. Eric Howard Carmen (born August 11, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. ...

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Cover versions

Muhammed Ali recorded it in 1964 with a song called "I Am The Greatest" as the flip side. Ali was the heavyweight boxing champion at the time. Both John Lennon and The Kingsmen have covered versions of this song, Lennon in his 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll, and The Kingsmen in various concert performances. Punk band Pennywise have also covered the song on their 1989 EP Wildcard. Otis Redding also covered the song once. U2 covered the song frequently during that group's Joshua Tree and Zoo TV tours between 1987 and 1993, notably in one performance in Philadelphia where Bruce Springsteen joined the band on stage for the song. During U2's 1997-1998 PopMart Tour, the band often played snippets of "Stand by Me" after "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". It has also been covered by Marvin Gaye and the punk rock group Green Day, who often used elements of the song during a medley with The Isley Brothers' "Shout" during their 2005 American Idiot tour. Adriano Celentano covered the song as Pregherò. The song was also used for a 1995 short film starring Timon and Pumbaa that was released in front of the Jonathan Taylor Thomas film Tom and Huck. This odd 3-minute short features Timon singing the song, while Pumbaa is constantly hit by objects every time Timon says "Stand by me". The song was also a featured song in the hit movie Urban Cowboy where it was performed by Mickey Gilley. The Fugees released it too, as did Sam Cooke. Stand by me has also been covered by London based beatboxer "Faith SFX". John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Kingsmen were a rock band from Portland, Oregon who rose suddenly to fame with their recording of Richard Berrys Louie, Louie. ... Rock n Roll is a 1975 album of late 1950s and early 1960s-era rock songs covered by John Lennon. ... For the Stephen King creature, see It (monster). ... Wildcard is a self-released EP by Pennywise. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... The Joshua Tree Tour was a concert tour by the Irish rock band U2, which took place during 1987, in support of their album The Joshua Tree. ... Zoo TV was a massive, elaborate, innovative, postmodern, multifaceted and multimedia, and very commercially successful world concert tour by the rock band U2 that took place in arenas and stadiums during 1992 and 1993. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Popmart Tour (often referred to as just Popmart) was a concert tour by the Irish rock band U2, which took place from 1997 to 1998, in support of the groups 1997 album, Pop. ... I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For is the second track U2s 1987 album, The Joshua Tree and was released as the albums second single. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... This article is about the band Green Day. ... The Isley Brothers (IPA: ) are an African-American music group from Cincinnati, Ohio, who hold the record for being the longest-running charted group in music history. ... Singles from American Idiot Released: 2004 Released: 2004 Released: 2005 Released: 2005 Released: 2005 This article is about Green Day album. ... Adriano Celentano (born January 6, 1938) is an Italian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, and TV host. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born September 8, 1981) is an American child actor and former teen idol, perhaps best remembered for his roles of middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement and the voice of the young Simba in Disneys The Lion King. ... Tom & Huck is a 1995 Disney film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Joey Stinson, and Rachel Leigh Cook; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... Mickey Gilley (b. ... The Fugees are a critically acclaimed music band from the United States, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2001, Banyo Queen, a rap tune by Philippine rapper Andrew E., sampled the song to the point that the tune uses the first line of the song ("When the night has come"). Andrew Espiritu (born 1965), better known as Andrew E., is a Filipino rap artist & comedic actor. ...


"Beautiful Girls", a 2007 single by Sean Kingston, samples the famous bass riff and chord progression. Beautiful Girls is a song by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Kisean Anderson (born February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida[1]), better known by his stage name Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican American pop singer and rapper. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ...


In 2007 the Spanish group D'NASH included a cover of "Stand by Me" in the reissue of their first album Capaz de Todo (under the title Capaz de Todo - Mision Eurovision). DNASH is a Spanish boy band. ...


In July, 2007 Incubus covered "Stand by Me" in Chicago and Detroit and in August 2007, Cleveland, and in September 2007, Chula Vista. Incubus (IPA: /ɪŋkjubəs/) is a five-piece American alternative rock band based out of Calabasas, California. ...


Chords

The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progression. The 50s progression is a chord progression (ie sequence of chords) used in Western popular music. ...


John Lennon single release

"Stand by Me"
"Stand by Me" cover
Single by John Lennon
from the album Rock 'n' Roll
Released 1975
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1974
Genre Rock/Pop
Writer Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Producer John Lennon
John Lennon singles chronology
"#9 Dream"
(1975)
"Stand by Me"
(1975)
"Imagine"
(UK only, 1975); "(Just Like) Starting Over" (1980)

Lennon's cover of "Stand by Me" was his last hit prior to his five-year retirement from the music industry. The B-side of the single was "Move Over Ms. L", a rare and raucous track also covered by The Who drummer Keith Moon. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Rock n Roll is a 1975 album of late 1950s and early 1960s-era rock songs covered by John Lennon. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... See also: 1970s in music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) then moved to Harlem, NY at the age of nine. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... An atmospheric single featuring cellos in the hook. ... Imagine is a utopian-themed song performed by John Lennon, which appears on his 1971 album, Imagine. ... (Just Like) Starting Over is a song written and performed by John Lennon for his Double Fantasy album. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ...


References

  1. ^ "Good Rockin' Tonight." The History of Rock 'n' Roll. (c) 1995 Time-Life Video.

External links

  • BMI's Top 100 Songs of the 20th Century
  • BBC's Song Library
Preceded by
"Dancin' Cowboys"
by Bellamy Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles number one single
August 9, 1980
by Mickey Gilley
Succeeded by
"Tennessee River"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" by George Michael and Aretha Franklin
UK number one single (Ben E. King version)
February 15, 1987
Succeeded by
"Everything I Own" by Boy George

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Stand by Me (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (240 words)
King's version was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, and a 1986 rerelease coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name.
The song was also used for a music video on the TV show, Timon and Pumbaa that was released in front of the Jonathan Taylor Thomas film Tom and Huck.
In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
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