Stand by Me (Ben E. King song)

  • "stand by me"
    "stand by me" by ben e king us vinyl side-a.png
    one of side-a labels of the original 1961 us single
    single by ben e. king
    from the album don't play that song!
    b-side"on the horizon" (1961)
    "yakety yak" by the coasters (1986)
    releasedapril 24, 1961
    1986 (re-released for 25th anniversary and motion picture soundtrack)
    format7-inch single, 12-inch single
    recordedoctober 27, 1960
    genrerhythm and blues, soul
    length2:57
    labelatco
    songwriter(s)ben e. king, jerry leiber and mike stoller
    producer(s)jerry leiber and mike stoller
    ben e. king singles chronology
    "first taste of love"
    (1961)
    "stand by me"
    (1961)
    "amor"
    (1961)

    "souvenirs of love"
    (1981)

    "stand by me"
    (1986)

    "spanish harlem"
    (1987)
    1980s re-release
    artwork for the 1986 us 7-inch and german single releases, also used for 1986 european 12-inch and 1980s french and japanese 7-inch releases with various layouts
    artwork for the 1986 us 7-inch and german single releases, also used for 1986 european 12-inch and 1980s french and japanese 7-inch releases with various layouts

    "stand by me" is a song originally performed in 1961 by american singer-songwriter ben e. king and written by king, jerry leiber, and mike stoller. according to king, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by sam cooke and j. w. alexander called "stand by me father," recorded by the soul stirrers with johnnie taylor singing lead. the third line of the second verse of the former work derives from psalm 46:2c/3c.[1]

    there have been over 400 recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists. it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film stand by me, and a corresponding music video, featuring king along with actors river phoenix and wil wheaton, was released to promote the film. in 2012 it was estimated that the song's royalties had topped $22.8 million (£17 million), making it the sixth highest-earning song as of its era. 50% of the royalties were paid to king.[2] in 2015 king's original version was inducted into the national recording registry by the library of congress, as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",[3] just under five weeks before his death. later in the year, the 2015 line up of the drifters recorded it in tribute.

    the song has been covered by various artists, like john lennon, cassius clay (later muhammad ali),[4] 4 the cause, tracy chapman, musicians of the playing for change project, florence and the machine, and the kingdom choir. a-league club melbourne victory fc play this song before home matches, while fans raise their scarves above their heads and sing the lyrics.

  • history and production
  • chart performance
  • john lennon version
  • playing for change version
  • other notable versions
  • see also
  • references

"Stand by Me"
"Stand by Me" by Ben E King US vinyl Side-A.png
One of side-A labels of the original 1961 US single
Single by Ben E. King
from the album Don't Play That Song!
B-side"On the Horizon" (1961)
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters (1986)
ReleasedApril 24, 1961
1986 (re-released for 25th anniversary and Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Format7-inch single, 12-inch single
RecordedOctober 27, 1960
GenreRhythm and blues, soul
Length2:57
LabelAtco
Songwriter(s)Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Producer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Ben E. King singles chronology
"First Taste of Love"
(1961)
"Stand by Me"
(1961)
"Amor"
(1961)

"Souvenirs of Love"
(1981)

"Stand by Me"
(1986)

"Spanish Harlem"
(1987)
1980s re-release
Artwork for the 1986 US 7-inch and German single releases, also used for 1986 European 12-inch and 1980s French and Japanese 7-inch releases with various layouts
Artwork for the 1986 US 7-inch and German single releases, also used for 1986 European 12-inch and 1980s French and Japanese 7-inch releases with various layouts

"Stand by Me" is a song originally performed in 1961 by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. According to King, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J. W. Alexander called "Stand by Me Father," recorded by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. The third line of the second verse of the former work derives from Psalm 46:2c/3c.[1]

There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists. It was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me, and a corresponding music video, featuring King along with actors River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton, was released to promote the film. In 2012 it was estimated that the song's royalties had topped $22.8 million (£17 million), making it the sixth highest-earning song as of its era. 50% of the royalties were paid to King.[2] In 2015 King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",[3] just under five weeks before his death. Later in the year, the 2015 line up of the Drifters recorded it in tribute.

The song has been covered by various artists, like John Lennon, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali),[4] 4 the Cause, Tracy Chapman, musicians of the Playing for Change project, Florence and the Machine, and the Kingdom Choir. A-League club Melbourne Victory FC play this song before home matches, while fans raise their scarves above their heads and sing the lyrics.