Monday, 4 May 2015
Stand by Me
Ben E. King (who died last week) had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it for The Drifters in 1961.
He did, in the end, and the rest is history.
One of my 7 RAR mates has said that the song always reminded him of Vietnam, as the "stand by me" sentiment was a fundamental value during our service. I'd agree with that, and can remember it being played on AFVN radio at the time, and am pretty sure it was The Drifters' version that was getting most of the air play.
It's a great song, and Tracey Chapman's version is stunning.
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