Posts tagged ‘Ben E. King’

April 8, 2010

Weekly Music Pick: Stand by Me

This week’s music pick is an oldie from the 60s. Entitled “Stand by Me”, the song was written and performed by Ben E. King in 1961, and not John Lennon, as some claim. Originally written for another group, this song almost never made radioplay if not for the fact that King had some studio time leftover from another project.  Its distinctive jazz chord progression is now known as the 50s progression or also, “Stand by Me” chords.

The lyrics of “Stand by Me” employs subtle metaphors to good effect. The first few lines of the song go as follows:

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