‘STAND BY ME’ by Ben E King

T3 India - - Stand by me - Words: H. S. Bil­limo­ria

Songs come and go; some fade away, oth­ers last a lit­tle longer. Very few songs, how­ever, stand the test of time and ever chang­ing tastes. These songs be­come iconic, leg­endary and im­mor­tal. ‘Stand By Me’ sung by Ben E King (Ben­jamin Earl King) is cer­tainly one of them.

At the re­cent royal wed­ding of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle, the cou­ple chose ‘Stand By Me’ to be per­formed at the wed­ding cer­e­mony. Karen Gib­son and The King­dom Choir per­formed this Ben King num­ber with great feel­ing and emo­tion at the event.

Ben King sang the orig­i­nal as early as 1961. The song be­came in­stantly pop­u­lar thanks to its su­per lyrics and King’s ren­di­tion that tugs at the heart. It be­came a song to re­mem­ber. For some time in his ca­reer, Ben King was the lead singer of The Drifters, a group that spe­cial­ized in R & B hits. ‘Stand By Me’ was rere­leased in 1986 and reached the top of the charts.

Ben King died in 2015 but will be re­mem­bered for this song for­ever. Cover ver­sions of ‘Stand By Me’ have been sung and per­formed by Ju­lian Len­non, En­rique Igle­sias, Ju­lia Westlin and oth­ers.

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