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Stand By Me song title page

Stand By Me was a song co-written and popularized first by Ben E. King, also a lead singer in The Drifters, who had a 1961 number 3 solo hit with it. The song became a favorite for recording artists, with four different versions making the top 20 five times. In 1967, Spyder Turner had a top 20 one hit wonder with a tribute version where he worked in lyrics and impressions of other popular singers. Next, in 1975, John Lennon hit number 14 with the song. Then, in 1980, country singer Mickey Gilley made the song his top 20 one hit wonder. 1986, Ben E. King hit number 10 with his same record because it was included in the movie Stand By Me. Along the way, there were other popular versions like the 1964 recording by boxer Cassius Clay, who was later known as world champion Muhammad Ali. The Elvis Presley version was a gospel style redesign. 4 The Cause made it into a soul and rap song. Covers by Earl Grant, David & Jimmy Ruffin, Maurice White, Aaron Neville, Prince Royce and Ki:Theory received some notice.
Titles by Little Junior Parker, The Clash, and Oasis were different songs.


Stand By Me popular Tune Timeline


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  1 Stand By Me   Dec 1960  
  Little Junior Parker  
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  2 Stand By Me 3   Jun 1961  
  Ben E. King  
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  3 Stand By Me   Apr 1964  
  Cassius Clay  
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  4 Stand By Me   Nov 1965  
  Earl Grant  
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  5 Stand By Me 9   Feb 1967  
  Spyder Turner  
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  6 Stand By Me   1967  
  Elvis Presley  
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  7 Stand By Me   Nov 1970  
  David & Jimmy Ruffin  
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  8 Stand By Me 14   Apr 1975  
  John Lennon  
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  9 Train In Vain (Stand By Me) 7 13   May 1980  
  The Clash  
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  10 Stand By Me 16   Aug 1980  
  Mickey Gilley  
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  11 Stand By Me   Oct 1985  
  Maurice White  
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  12 Stand By Me 10   Dec 1986  
  Ben E. King  
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  13 Stand By Me   Oct 1997  
  Oasis  
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  14 Stand By Me   Sep 1998  
  4 The Cause  
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  15 Stand By Me   Sep 2003  
  Serah  
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  16 Stand By Me   Dec 2006  
  Aaron Neville  
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  17 Stand By Me   Jun 2010  
  Prince Royce  
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  18 Stand By Me   2014  
  Ki:Theory  
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