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Bass Lines: Ben E. King – “Stand by Me”

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The classic “Stand by Me,” is a song written and originally performed by Ben E. King (American singer-songwriter).

Many artist have recorded and performed the song, over 400 recorded versions. It was the main theme of the movie Stand by me in 1986. In 2015, the song was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Song: “Stand By Me” (1961)

Artist: Ben E. King

Bass Player: The American jazz bassist and session musician, Lloyd Trotman

Songwriter(s): Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Producer(s): Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Album: Don’t Play That Song!

Label: Atco

Fig. 1 – Lloyd Trotman’s original bass line for “Stand by Me.”

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