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Did You Know: Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”

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

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For Big Bear Mountain Resort lift tickets be caller # 5 when we play “Stand By Me” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben E. King[/lastfm].

King recorded this shortly after leaving [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Drifters[/lastfm], giving him a solid reputation as a solo artist. He wanted The Drifters to record it, but the group’s manager rejected the idea.

Based on a 1955 Gospel song by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Staple Singers[/lastfm], King brought it to the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who gave it a more contemporary sound. The bassline at the beginning was Mike Stoller’s idea.

The hit originally reached # 4 on the US Chart, #1 in the UK, which may have been why John Lennon recorded a version in 1975.

The song had another life in the movies, it was used in the 1986 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix.

Caller # 5 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) will be today’s ‘Tickets @ 2’ winner!


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