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Ben E. King — Stand By Me
Album: Ultimate Collection
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Released: 1961
Length: 2:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No, I won't be afraid
Oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

And darling, darling
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me

Darling, darling
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me
Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Won't you stand now, oh, stand
Stand by me
When all of your friends is gone
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Forever enjoyed
This is the only song Ben ever recorded.
Long Live                                                                                                                               Radio Paradise
My rating                                                                                                                         9 -OUTSTANDING           
 Grammarcop wrote:
If I had to be a "one hit wonder," I'd be okay if this was my legacy. 
 
Yes, great tune, but he had several Top 40 solo hits, as recent as 1975, as well as earlier hits singing lead with The Drifters.
This original version doesn’t die!
A song that, at its time, must've been extraordinary. But, after decades of hearing the extremely simplistic music and syrupy strings, I'm really done with it.
If I had to be a "one hit wonder," I'd be okay if this was my legacy. 
 RazzCat wrote:

For me, given this masterpiece, the times and the memories, this is worth at least 15... :)
 
agreed!  and with the current exchange rate, that's what...about an 11.5 in US_RP_Rating?  ;-) 

For me, given this masterpiece, the times and the memories, this is worth at least 15... :)
Tomasni wrote:
For me this is 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G

 
Yep!
Agree with wseking. I really don't need to hear this song ever again... ever.
DEAD FROM OVERPLAY and those goddamned yucky strings
Give us some great underplayed R&B; Little Willie John, Early Ike Turner, Lee Dorsey or Earl King?
 Skydog wrote:
i see this has 8 votes for "sucko-barfo" and 12 votes for "marginal"

i say it was from Pink Zepplin fans 

 
this is one of my (probably too many) 10 rated tracks....along with some LZ and PF.... I'm all down with the good old stuff...esp. love me some Drifters while Ben E. King was the vocalist. 
I hear "stand by mi" as in "mi goreng" noodles, must be lunch time soon


beijos do Brasil    {#Drunk}
 Skydog wrote:
i see this has 8 votes for "sucko-barfo" and 12 votes for "marginal"

i say it was from Pink Zepplin fans 

 
{#Cheesygrin}{#Cheesygrin}
 phlattop wrote:

 Wonder who else has covered it.

 
wiki says over 400
i see this has 8 votes for "sucko-barfo" and 12 votes for "marginal"

i say it was from Pink Zepplin fans 
       Sounds like cold blooded
   But it's fading into stand by me.
Both Kings introduced me to this incredible song.
 boober wrote:
Poose...I'm guessing you read Marvel comics as a kid....."nuff said"!

 
That phrase was actually used long before Stan Lee and Marvel Comics popularized it, but it's where I first saw it as well.
 bseib wrote:
Who's credited for playing the velcro?   {#Think}

 
It is actually a gourd guiro played by percussionist Phil Kraus:
https://www.spaceagepop.com/kraus.htm
Everybody in my homeless camp loves this song...
 bseib wrote:
Who's credited for playing the velcro?   {#Think}
 
Chuckle, chuckle.  Sounds like it's a guira.  https://www.lpmusic.com/products/guiros/professional-guira/
Ten ten ten! YouTube 'playing for change' for a very amaxing cover by street musicians from around the world. thanks PBS.
Average rating 8.6 nuff said thumbs up
 Stratocaster wrote:
Always liked this song but I think John Lennon's version is better, with more feeling.

 
It's a tough call for me but this one edges Lennon's. Wonder who else has covered it.
What are Marvel comics?


 
boober wrote:
Poose...I'm guessing you read Marvel comics as a kid....."nuff said"!



 


"I cherish these moments."
Who's credited for playing the velcro?   {#Think}
Never Gets Old

An absolutely transcendent cut that will be played for generations.  There's something archetypal about the message.  Ben E. King's voice is terrific and the arrangement/production is commented on at length below.
 Dave_Mack wrote:

And a masterful arrangement.  If I told you a soul song started with a stand-up bass solo with triangle and shaker, would you say "that's a hit!"?  Wow.
 
This was the genius of Ahmet Ertegun, his brother Nesuhi, and Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records. They did things that no one else had even thought of, much less crafting them into monster pop hits. I highly recommend the Atlantic "R&B 1947-1974" box set. 
My REAL LIFE MOVIE moment was with this song playing in the background.
 wossName wrote:
On the set of Stand By Me

AWESOME! And I usually reserve that word for the Grand Canyon or when my wife disrobes in our bedroom.
 


On the set of Stand By Me
if you’re not getting goose bumps, check your pulse
Yup, that bass and rhythm just slides right in behind MM&W.  And so the vibe continues in finest RP style this well-soundtracked evening...
Always liked this song but I think John Lennon's version is better, with more feeling.
Theme song for a lot of present-day philandering politicians ... ?
one word, classic
The music of my youth, this and the Drifters bring me back to being at Coney Island.

 Decoy wrote:
when I haven't heard this in a while I think 10

when I have heard it 17 times since Thursday, it's a 9

I can't rate it much lower.   
 

If you don't want to hear Stand by Me "17 times since Thursday" then turn off your oldies radio station, wtf?

normally I let your stream of music come over me, eager to hear new stuff, sometimes in awe sometimes it leaves me wondered; sometimes I run to my computer to see what you've discovered this time. Now, this one I know ;-) but it also hit's bulls eye for the both of us. thank you Bill and Rebecca for this wonderful radiostation. (from the Netherlands)


when I haven't heard this in a while I think 10

when I have heard it 17 times since Thursday, it's a 9

I can't rate it much lower.   
 ThePoose wrote:

John Lennon covered this....nuff said.


  Poose...I'm guessing you read Marvel comics as a kid....."nuff said"!


 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Prime example of an *excellent* song being overplayed to the point where you instinctively change the channel once it comes on.  A true 10 for the first 10 years I've listened to it, but only a 5 at this point.

 
Sort of funny, I pretty much only give 10s to songs that I NEVER get tired of hearing. Great songs that seem 'overplayed' only get a 9. But I get where you're comin' from.


 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Prime example of an *excellent* song being overplayed to the point where you instinctively change the channel once it comes on.  A true 10 for the first 10 years I've listened to it, but only a 5 at this point.

 

I am totally with you. Instinctively is a good word to describe this phenomenom too.{#Yes}
 WonderLizard wrote:
This is pretty close to the perfect song.
 
And a masterful arrangement.  If I told you a soul song started with a stand-up bass solo with triangle and shaker, would you say "that's a hit!"?  Wow.


John Lennon covered this....nuff said.


How can I up my 10 to an 11?
Sigh...
 WonderLizard wrote:
This is pretty close to the perfect song.
 

Agreed!
This is pretty close to the perfect song.
Excellent segue from Medeski Martin and Woods, except the Segway guy just ran his biwheel device over a cliff..
Don't mind me, just free association happening on a rainy Thanksgiving  weekend night.

Prime example of an *excellent* song being overplayed to the point where you instinctively change the channel once it comes on.  A true 10 for the first 10 years I've listened to it, but only a 5 at this point.

Always dug his solo stuff.  His stint with the Drifters was good too.
 LowPhreak wrote:
I am so sick of this song. It's been overplayed to death. 
 
Ditto...it is a good tune for tune's sake...but ugh!
9 to a 10
One of the greatest songs ever written and at the same time so simple.
I think that the cover that Bill has displayed is from the UK greatest hits album, issued after this song was used in a jeans commercial. (Before the movie, I think.) Anyone remember the ad? Wasn't it the one with the pretty boy soaking in his jeans in a bath? Any women over 35 are sure to remember it...
One of the few true classics. 

Ben E. King - "Stand by me" Live  
 

When the night has come, and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we will see
No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
*Solo*

And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me
Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, oh stand, stand by me



John Lennon - "Stand By Me" Live

"  "Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, original release in 1961, covered by many artists."

" When i was 5 years old, my mother told me happiness was the key to life. when i went to school they asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up. i wrote down "happy ". they told me i didn' t understand the assignment. i told them they didn' t understand life " - *John Lennon*    

wdrbunz


A very special song for me, and a lost friend. Thanks Bill.
The song is simply a classic. It is a great expression of love. Of course, I think of the movie "Stand By Me" which adds even more nostalgia for me - having come of age at the same time as that movie.
10   10  10 10 10101010101010101010!
 DaveInVA wrote:
One of the few molden oldies I never tire of hearing.
 
Exactly.   {#Music}
One of the few molden oldies I never tire of hearing.
 azdcryan wrote:
great American song...very nostalgic, makes me smile everytime I hear it.
 
You nailed it, friend. {#Wave}

If anyone has "Spanish Harlem" by Ben, could you please upload it? {#Pray}

Man, this is summer time music! {#Cool}
great American song...very nostalgic, makes me smile everytime I hear it.
You should be playing the Playing for Change version.

 Sloggydog wrote:
Is there anyone not singing?
 
I would but I'm eating crunchie peanut butter.  Great song.

I am so sick of this song. It's been overplayed to death. 
Woah...Pete Yorn into this was a bit of a bump...
Is there anyone not singing?
Wooo! YaY Bill!! {#Roflol}{#Sunny}GREAT song, never get tired of this one!

Hi,

Have you heard about the Playing for Change organization?  They have a cool version of this song, played by dozens of different musicians all over the world:

Playing for Change

Of course, they now have a different song video up...keep an eye on this site!  It is a good thing...

Sincerely, Neil

In my AM Top 40 ('57-'67) playlist!
 joeychick wrote:
I used to listen to this song all the time as a kid, and I'm still not tired of it. Haven't heard it in a while... it takes me back. Love it.
 

Although I didn't know it as a kid (grew up in the 70s/early 80s), I have always liked it from the first time I did hear it.  Love John Lennon's cover, as well.
Beautiful song. Ben E. was a great voice for the Drifters and solo.

But I love the edge of pain that Lennon put on his remake.
 eclectek wrote:
Was this in the most excellent movie the Sandlot?
 

I don't remember, but it always reminds me of the movie "Stand by Me"  {#Smile}
Classic high school slow dance back in the day - good to hear it again. I see Dobie Gray's 'Drift Away' is in your archive - it would be another one. Hope to hear it soon... :smile:
oh this brings back memories... :kiss:... think i'm gonna cry...
Was this in the most excellent movie the Sandlot?
very smoooooooth! :bounce: never tire of this one!
I used to listen to this song all the time as a kid, and I'm still not tired of it. Haven't heard it in a while... it takes me back. Love it.
Moormann wrote:
Another Tom Dowd-recorded classic. Notice the seperation of the instruments in the mix, especially the bass. Masterful.
thanks for backgr info...yes a real treat to listen to, again and again.
Amazing song, and by far the best version is Ben E. Kings.
Stand By Me is OUTSTANDING
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only song with many ratings (339 as of this date) which has zero 1s.
Still get goose bumps when the violinsolo kicks in!
                                                        {#Boohoo}
Great!!
Cruithne3753 wrote:
Having fun with my velcro watch strap...
:roflol:
Having fun with my velcro watch strap...
Earlier this morning while listening to The Zombies' "Time of the Season", I thought how lovely it would be to follow that with John Lennon's version of "Stand By Me." Then later Bill does it one better with Ben E. King's original. Nice.
One of those times when the rewind feature comes in handy, gotta listen to that one again!
Another Tom Dowd-recorded classic. Notice the seperation of the instruments in the mix, especially the bass. Masterful.
nance wrote:
I'm sorry I just missed one......
one what?
I'm sorry I just missed one......
NeilBlanchard wrote:
Hello, The novella was called "The Body", I believe. Great movie, all around! The direction by Rob Reiner, the acting (by River Phoenix esp), and of course, the music. Neil
From Different Seasons, one of King's finest moments. Four short stories, one for each season. Really brilliant how he ties it all together. Not even horror, everyone should check it out!
n4ku wrote:
That was a nice segue from MM&W.
Why, yes it was.
That was a nice segue from MM&W.
Hello, cordelia wrote:
Stand by me - based on a novella by Stephen King.
The novella was called "The Body", I believe. Great movie, all around! The direction by Rob Reiner, the acting (by River Phoenix esp), and of course, the music. Neil
Detlaps wrote:
Great song. But Waaaay overplayed on various commercial media.
The truly great songs can overcome anything, even overplaying on commercial radio.
daveesh wrote:
this song always reminds me of that movie about the group of kids who go on a hike to look at a dead guy... now, what was the name of that movie again?
...And then there was that video, with the kids doing that creepy arm-stroking thing...
I know this is probably a great song, but ever since the movie I can't stand it...its one of those blah blah blah songs to me. Sorry if I offend anyone
Detlaps wrote:
Great song. But Waaaay overplayed on various commercial media.
I agree. I remember being a kid listening to oldies stations in my parents car. Back then I didn't like anything like this. But now, wow what a great song.
one of the greatest songs ever... 10/10
Great song. But Waaaay overplayed on various commercial media.
Stand by me - based on a novella by Stephen King. daveesh wrote:
this song always reminds me of that movie about the group of kids who go on a hike to look at a dead guy... now, what was the name of that movie again?
this song always reminds me of that movie about the group of kids who go on a hike to look at a dead guy... now, what was the name of that movie again?
trekhead wrote:
"This one goes to Eleven..." :wink:
I've bumped this up to a 10... but "Let it Be" still gets my 11.
UltraNurd wrote:
I've said it elsewhere, I'll say it again. Everyone gets *exactly one* 11. Choose wisely.
"This one goes to Eleven..." :wink:
UltraNurd wrote:
I've said it elsewhere, I'll say it again. Everyone gets *exactly one* 11. Choose wisely.
I think this one would not be an unwise choice. And I say that knowing that there are people like Beethoven, Miles Davis, and Pink Floyd out there in the running. :cool:
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
this song = love.
jojopuppyfish wrote:
There really should be an 11
I've said it elsewhere, I'll say it again. Everyone gets *exactly one* 11. Choose wisely.