According to King, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J. There have been over recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists. It was featured on the soundtrack of the film Stand by Meand a corresponding music videofeaturing King along with actors River Phoenix and Wil Wheatonwas released to promote the film.
Later in the year, the line up of the Drifters recorded it in tribute. The song has been covered by various artists, like John Lennon4 the Causemusicians of the Playing for Change project, Florence and the Machineand the Kingdom Choir. InBen E. King was inspired to update the early 20th century gospel hymn by Charles Albert Tindleywhich was based around the psalm"will not we fear, though the Earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.
According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' RollKing had no intention of recording the song himself. After the " Spanish Harlem " recording session inKing had some studio time Quartet In G Minor (Scherzo) - Various - The Sound Of Genius over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs. King played it on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.
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 Ben E. He worked on the lyrics together with Jerry, and I added elements to the music, particularly the Why?
- Root - The Book line. To some degree, it's based on a gospel song called "Lord Stand By Me". I have a feeling that Jerry and Ben E. Ben, of course, had a strong background in church music. When I walked in, Jerry and Ben E.
They were at an old oak desk we had in the office. Jerry was sitting behind it, and Benny was sitting on the top. They looked up and said they were writing a song. I said, "Let me hear it. Ben began to sing the song a cappella. I went over to the upright piano and found the chord changes behind the melody he was singing. It was in the key of A. Then I created a bass line. Jerry said, "Man that's it! 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. It also reached No. The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. InBMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about seven million performances.
On March 27,the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that the song would receive its Towering Song Award and that King would be honored with the Towering Performance Award for his recording of it. The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progressionwhich has been called the "'Stand by Me' changes" after the song.
For the year-end charts in the US, the song was the 63 song of  and 67 of John Lennon recorded his version of the song for his album Rock 'n' Roll. Lennon's remake became a single three weeks after the album's release  and was his last hit prior to his five-year retirement from the music industry.
On the week of May 3,this version was in its second of two weeks at the peak position 20 Fleshgrind - Masterfully Racy - Grindovision the US Hotright in front of King's comeback hit " Supernatural Thing - Part I " at Both tunes fell off the top 40 the next week and off the chart the week after that.
Lennon's version stayed on top of the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks, peaking at number 30 on its fourth week on the week of May 18—24, The single's B-side track is "Move Over Ms. L", initially intended for Lennon's other album Walls and Bridges but was cut from the final lineup due to his dissatisfaction with his early takes.
L" for his solo album Two Sides of the Moon. Before the parent album's official release, during Lennon's March sessions with Harry Nilsson for Nilsson's album Pussy CatsLennon recorded two takes of the song in collaboration with former Beatles member Paul McCartney.
McCartney performed the drums; Lennon, guitar. The unreleased recordings would eventually be included in a bootleg album A Toot and a Snore in ' Pitchfork writer Marc Hogan found Lennon's version "more affecting just barely " than the original due to the "acoustic guitar and Lennon's fervent vocals". Documentary filmmaker Mark Johnson, who also created the Playing for Change project based on his idea made in late s and established the eponymous Foundation, witnessed a street performer Roger Ridley died November 16, performing the song in Santa Monica, California in March inspiring Johnson to film Ridley's re-performance  and other thirty-six musicians' individual performances of the song "around the world" Stand By Me - Various - Back To Black (1900 To 1999) and then mix the clips into one music Stand By Me - Various - Back To Black (1900 To 1999).
The musicians' performance of the song would be later included in their debut album Songs Around the World. Clay's recording was released as the B-side of the eponymous single in charting on the Billboard " Bubbling Under Hot Singles ".
Kenny Lynch 's version stayed on the top UK Singles Chart for seven weeks, peaking at number 39 on the week of May 7—13,its fourth week. Mickey Gilley released his version of the song inand it was included in the movie Urban Cowboy. In a music video entitled Disney's Timon and Pumbaa in "Stand by Me" Timon performs the song with slightly altered lyrics, while Pumbaa survives physical mishaps and ferocious creatures.
A trio of frogs then finish the song at the end. Alvin and the Chipmunks performed the song in the eponymous Breathing - Kate Bush - The Whole Story. Prince Royce recorded a bachata version of the song as his debut single, changing parts of the lyrics into Spanish.
Florence and the Machine recorded the song for the soundtrack and trailer of Final Stand By Me - Various - Back To Black (1900 To 1999) XV in Weezer covered the song on their twelfth studio album Weezer Teal Album released on January 24, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Artwork for the US 7-inch and German single releases, also used for European inch and s French and Japanese 7-inch releases with various layouts.
Retrieved October 8, The actual Stand By Me - Various - Back To Black (1900 To 1999) is Psalm c rather than all of Psalm Did You Watch It? Archived from the original on January 1, Retrieved January 8, Retrieved September 26, BBC News. Retrieved June 6, Record Research. December 13, Smooth Radio. February 5, Retrieved August 31, Popular Music. Cambridge University Press. Longbored Surfer. Official Charts Company. King — Stand by Me" in German.
Irish Singles Chart. Dutch Top King — Stand by Me". GfK Entertainment Charts. Singles Top Swiss Singles Chart. In James E. Perone ed. The Words and Music of John Lennon. The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection. Westport, Connecticut : Greenwood Publishing Group. Warner Home Video. Official Charts. May 3, — via Library and Archives Canada. May 10, — via Library and Archives Canada. Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved August 29,
Shanghaied To Paradise (Predators Remix) - Mindstorm - Sonic Bloom, Myself - Buglite - Love And Other Sorrows, Lowercase Blues - Atoms And Void - And Nothing Else, Lasso The Moon - Level 42 - Guaranteed, Thomas U. Freeze - The Secrets Of Intergalactic Music