The 1000 best songs in the world ever.
804-Ben E King-Stand By Me
1961-Number 27 single.When re-released in 1987-Number 1.
Best Bit-At 0.48 Stand By Me was the name of a Gospel Hymn written in 1905 by Philadelphia minister Charles Tindley,this is where King got the idea for the song from.
Stand By Me was co-written by Ben E King and the legendary song writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,with King receiving 50% of the royalties.It is estimated that to date the song has made in excess of £17 million,making it the sixth highest earner of all time.
The song was re-released in 1986 as the theme song of the movie of the same name,but it was after it was also used in an advertisement for Levi Jeans it went to Number 1.There are over 400 recordings by other artists ,one of the most notable being by John Lennon in 1975 of which King praised by saying ‘He made the song his own.’ In 2007 Reggae influenced musician,Sean Kingston sampled the song for his Number 1 single Beautiful Girls.
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