Stand By Me (Ben E King)

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According to the documentary History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it. King had written it for The Drifters, who passed on recording it. After the ” Spanish Harlem ” recording session, he had some studio time left over. The session’s producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs. King played “Stand by Me” on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.Stoller recalls it differently;I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a cappella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics….The personnel on the song included Romeo Penque on sax, Ernie Hayes on piano, Al Caiola and Charles McCracken on guitars, Lloyd Trotman on bass, Phil Kraus on percussion, and Gary Chester on drums. Songwriting credits on the single were shown as King and Elmo Glick_a pseudonym used by Leiber and Stoller.King’s record went to No. 1 on the R&B charts and was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice_in its original release in 1961, when it peaked at No. 4, and a 1986 re-release coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at No. 9, and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release, mostly because of the jeans spot, originally reaching No. 27 on its first release.The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. The song appeared on King’s Don’t Play That Song! album.Stand by Me” was ranked 122nd 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 seven million performances.On March 27, 2012, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that “Stand by Me” would receive its 2012 Towering Song Award and that King would be honored with the 2012 Towering Performance Award for his recording of it.Structure The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progression, which has been called the “‘Stand by Me’ changes” after the song.Notable covers This section needs additional citations for verification. (July 2013);There have been over 400 recorded versions of “Stand by Me”. Some of the more notable ones are;Little Milton recorded a version for We’re Gonna Make It (1965), his first album released on Chess Records.Spyder Turner ‘s 1967 version climbed to No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Black Singles chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.Muhammad Ali (then still named Cassius Clay) recorded the song in 1964.Otis Redding recorded a version for his album Pain in My Heart.Ry Cooder recorded a gospel/norteno version for his album Chicken Skin Music in 1976.John Lennon recorded his version of the song for his 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll. Lennon’s cover was his last hit prior to his five-year retirement from the music industry. This version had a more rock sound than R&B. The B-side of the single was “Move Over Ms. L,” a rare and raucous track also covered by The Who drummer Keith Moon.Maurice White. White’s remake peaked at number 6, 11 and 50 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, Adult Contemporary and Billboard Hot 100 charts, respectively.Prince Royce recorded a bachata version of the song as his debut single, changing parts of the lyrics into Spanish. This version peaked No. 8 on Hot Latin Tracks and No. 1 on Tropical Airplay. At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2010, Royce performed a live version of the song along with Ben E. King. Royce’s cover received a Lo Nuestro award for “Tropical Song of the Year”.A version of the song released by American R&B group 4 the Cause in 1998 was a #1 hit in Switzerland, reached No. 2 of the Austrian and German singles charts and number three in New Zealand, and was a top-ten hit in several other countries. ;Stephen King and Warren Zevon recorded a version for the charity compilation album Stranger than Fiction.Joel Burleson, better known as Ki:Theory, recorded a version, used by The Following in the 3rd episode of season 2, entilted “Trust Me”.Chart performance Ben E. King Chart (1961);Peak;position;US Billboard Hot R&B Singles ;1;US Billboard Hot 100 ;4;UK Singles Chart ;27;Chart (1986);Peak;position;US Billboard Hot 100;9;Chart (1987);Peak;position;UK Singles Chart;1;Swiss Music Charts;3;Dutch Top 40;7;Austria Top 40;7;Sweden Singles Chart;8;Norway Singles Chart;9;John Lennon Chart (1975);Peak;position;Canadian RPM Singles Chart;10;US Billboard Hot 100 ;20;US Cashbox Top 100 ;20;UK Singles Chart;30;Mickey Gilley Chart (1980);Peak;position;U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles;1;U.S. Billboard Hot 100;22;U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks;3;Canadian RPM Country Chart;3;Canadian RPM Singles Chart;51;Maurice White Chart (1985) ;Peak;position;U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs;6;U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary;11;U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot 100;50;Prince Royce Chart (2010) ;Peak;position;U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks;8;U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay;1;U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Songs;17;See also List of number-one R&B singles of 1961 (U.S.);List of UK Singles Chart number ones;List of number-one Billboard Hot Tropical Songs of 2010

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