ben e king Did You Know: Ben E. Kings Stand By Me

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Todays ‘Tickets @ 2’ song is “Stand by Me” by former [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drifters[/lastfm] lead singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben E. King[/lastfm].

King recorded the song shortly after leaving The Drifters in 1960. It gave him a solid reputation as a solo artist.

The song is based on a 1955 Gospel song of the same name by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Staple Singers[/lastfm]. Ben E. King wanted The Drifters to record it, but the group’s manager rejected the idea.

After leaving The Drifters, King brought it to the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber¬†and Mike Stoller, who gave it a more contemporary sound and polished it into a hit. The bass-line at the beginning was Stoller’s idea.

This was used in the 1986 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix. The movie was a hit and propelled the song back to the charts, introducing the track to a new generation.

John Lennon liked the song so much that he recorded a cover version that reached # 20 in the U.S. in 1975.

When you hear it between two and three¬†be caller #6 and you’ll win tickets to Hair at the O.C. Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, 1-800-232-KRTH (5784)

  1. RainbowRay says:

    Another great oldie and a personal favorite of mine. I remember seeing “Stand By Me” years ago and have seen it several times since; a great movie with a great and effectively written storyline about coming of age.

    I think of Fiona when I here this song, right Fiona? Fiona? Fiona? Oh well, some other time. Miss you!

    Get a load of those “doos” in the clip, clasic nostalgia!

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