1961: Stand By Me By Ben E King

Composed by Ben E King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. Recorded by Ben E King for his third studio album, Don’t Play That Song. The title of the song is derived from and was inspired by a spiritual song composed by Sam Cooke and J W Alexander, titled Stand by Me Father. Ben was a member of vocal group The Drifters and had in mind them to record the song when he co-wrote it. However, this did not happen until after his death in 2015 when they recorded the song as a tribute. There have been over 400 cover versions of the song. In 2015, the Ben E King version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in the USA and was classified as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. The song was used in the soundtrack of the coming of age film of the same name, Stand By Me. It was most popular in 1987 when it was featured in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. Genres: Rhythm and Blues, Soul.

Weekly Chart History (1961)Peak Position
United Kingdom27
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart4
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart1
Weekly Chart History (1986)Peak Position
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart10
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 9
Weekly Chart History (1987)Peak Position
Austria7
Germany (West)2
Ireland1
Netherlands7
Norway9
Sweden8
Switzerland3
United Kingdom1