Years ago, I had the 45 of John Lennon's version of "Stand By Me." I think I like Prince Royce's version even better - particularly since we use it for Zumba!
Okay, that was supposed to be the end of this post - nothing long and involved. But I had to go check the Wikipedia, where I found that the BMI named this song the fourth most recorded song of the twentieth century! Of course, I had to wander YouTube.
- It was written by Ben E. King for the Drifters who opted not to record it. It became a hit single for him twice - in 1951 and 1986.
- John Lennon's version
- Tina Turner's version
- Bruce Springsteen's version
- Led Zeppelin's version
- Version by Bon Jovi and Iranian singer Madadian
- Julian Lennon's version
- A hip hop version by 4 The Cause
- Enrique Iglesias' version
- Theater version from Smokey Joe's Cafe
- Straight No Chaser's a cappella version
I was originally going to put all the videos in this post, but that would make it take forever to load. However, I had to put these in:
- The Muppets:
- Lady Gaga and Sting:
- Playing for Change - Musicians from around the world singing Stand By Me:
- Dance to Prince Royce's version by Bachata Soul: