Ben E King’s immortality was assured when he recorded Stand by Me, a song he co-write with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
According to Wikipedia, the song was inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me" plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3.
The online encylopedia goes on to reveal that in 2015, King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant
The song has been covered by over 400 artists since its release in 1961.
In tribute to Ben E King we highlight ten cover versions of an iconic song that will surely never die.
1. Little Milton
2. The Drifters
3. Spyder Turner
4. Muhammad Ali (then still named Cassius Clay)
5. John Lennon
6. Prince Royce
7. Tracey Chapman
9. Lady GaGa and Sting
and finally, 10. "The Choir: Boys Don't Sing"
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