Stand by me

Ben E. King

FILE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SONG

SONGWRITER: Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

YEAR IT WAS RELASED: 1961

SINGER: Ben E. King

HISTORY OF THE SONG

One day, Ben E. King was employed with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to play a song that they had adapted from a hired gospel theme of 1955 popularized by The Staples Singers. It was a typical song singed during the cotton recolection.
Actually, King didn't intend to turn this song into a great success but rather a song to fill in any disc.
After have made many attempts to versioning the opening song, he recalled the first song, he introduced strings and was ready to be launched as a single that, in 1961, went to the top of the charts in a record time.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT DE WRITER

Benjamin Nelson, was born in North Carolina and sang in his church choir there; he soon moved to New York with his family. Always musically inclined and influenced heavily by R&B, gospel, and country music. Lover Patterson, who headed up a local doo-wop quintet called the Five Crowns. A year later, they were booked for recording sessions with the famous Lieber-Stoller songwriting and production team.
Now known as Ben E. King, his third single, "Spanish Harlem," struck gold, and it was followed by a rewrite Ben had made of a gospel song called "Lord, Stand by Me". And later, nombrated "Stand by me".

COVER VERSIONS OF THE SONG

After the original versions of 1961, "stand by me" returned to be the number one with the version recorded for the album Rock'n'Roll by John Kennington published in 1975.

Also in 1986, "Stand by me" returned to the top with a film based on Stephen King.

MUSICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SONG

The principal characteristic that Stand identifies to " stand by me " is an ostinato (musical form based on the constant repetition of a musical fragment) that lead to the unison under, the güiro (a Latin-American percussion instrument) and the triangle. The voice of the singer, crushed sometimes, begins with short phrases in an average record that little by little is rising up to coming to the refrain where it reaches an expectant climate that he doesn't defraud in his attainment. The work complements a wrapping up of violins and as a choir that, from the second strophe, they help to create a sonorous fund.

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