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Stand by Me

Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Originally Performed by Ben E. King

According to King, the title is derived and was inspired by a spiritual composition by Sam Cooke called "Stand by Me Father" (although Mike Stoller has stated differently). This spiritual was sung by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. The third line of the second verse of "Stand by Me" derives from Psalms 46:2c. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song performed by many artists. It has been featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me. A music video was also released to promote the film.

In 2012, it was estimated that the song's royalties had topped 17 million, making it the sixth highest earning song as of that time. 50% of the royalties were paid to King.

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", just under five weeks before his death. Later in the year the 2015 line up of the Drifters recorded it in tribute to him.

    Release Date: 1961


Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Cat's Pajamas

Performance in Zaryadye Park during the 2019 Moscow Spring International A cappella Festival in Russia.


Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Voicing: TB


Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Ben E. King's timeless 1961 masterpiece is given all the care and attention a classic like this deserves when entering the Discovery Series. Taking the time to provide a blueprint for singing syncopated, melodic phrases with ease, Audrey Snyder lets this verifiable standard soar!


Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Ben E. King's timeless 1961 masterpiece is given all the care and attention a classic like this deserves when entering the Discovery Series. Taking the time to provide a blueprint for singing syncopated, melodic phrases with ease, Audrey Snyder lets this verifiable standard soar!

Voicing: 2-Part



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Contemporary A Cappella Songbook II : SATB : Songbook : 073999914986 : 0793595282 : 08741650

Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Contemporary A Cappella Songbook II

Designed to be introductory primers for high school or other beginning groups, the Contemporary A Cappella Association Songbooks nonetheless adhere to a fine musical standard (unlike some beginning arrangements, which can be watered down and unsatisfying). There are informative performance notes and recommendations for transposing parts, to permit performance by all male or female ensembles. In addition, a discography suggests definitive recordings of these popular songs, which can help facilitate the learning process and educate the ear. Easy to use, the CASA songbooks are an excellent resource.

Songlist: The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Blue Moon, It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yestersay, Sixty Minute Man, It's Alright, Stand By Me, Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Li'l Red Riding Hood, My Home, Good Lovin'

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Voicing: SATB | 1003b | Songbook | $11.98 | A Cappella


Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Good Ol' A Cappella : TTBB : Songbook : 073999925029 : 0634055275 : 08743513

Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Good Ol' A Cappella

This first volume for men's voices brings together some old favorites previously released for mixed voices.

Songlist: Good Old Acapella, Good Lovin', Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, Stand By Me, Up On The Roof

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Voicing: TTBB | 1006b | Songbook | $5.98 | A Cappella


Moses Hogan : Feel The Spirit Vol 2 : SATB : Songbook : Moses Hogan : 073999658613 : 0634098314 : 08744710

Moses Hogan : Feel The Spirit Vol 2

With a foreward by Mormon Tabernacle Choir Director, Craig Jessop, this new collection of Moses Hogan originals and arrangements is a welcome addition to the first volume. Essential for every director's library it includes Certainly, Lord - Climbin' up the Mountain - Give Me That Old Time Religion - I'll Make the Difference (A Song of Hope for Singers Around the World) - Like a Mighty Stream - Music down in My Soul - Ride On, King Jesus and 28 more.

Songlist: Cert'nly Lawd, Clibin' Up the Mountain, De Blin' Man Stood On De Road An' Cried, Deep River, Give Me Jesus, Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King, Hold On!, I Am His Child, I Got A Home in-a Dat Rock, I'll Make the Difference, Let the Heaven Light Shine on Me, Lift Every Voice for Freedom, Like a Mighty Stream, Mister Banjo, Music Down In My Soul, My God Is So High, No Hidin' Place, O Magnify the Lord, Old Time Religion, Reide On, King Jesus, Spiritual Reflection, A, Stand By Me, Surely he Died On Calvary, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, There's a Man Goin' Round, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, Who Built the Ark?, You Better Min' How You Talk

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Voicing: SATB | 2847b | Songbook | $18.95


Mosie Lister : Rise Up and Sing! : TTBB : Songbook : MB-629

Mosie Lister : Rise Up and Sing!

Included here are 23 hymn arrangements, traditional gospel songs, and southern gospel favorites arranged for male choirs and ensembles by Mosie Lister. Easily accessible 2-part and 4-part voicings, in comfortable keys. TTBB selections always have the melody in the second tenor. Five numbers are a cappella and are great for existing men's groups or as a first volume for starting a men's music ministry. A special section is provided with tips on organizing and maintaining male choirs.

Songlist: Rise Up and SIng!, Come, Thou Almighty King, Holy, Holy, Holy, I Believe That Promise, I Saw the Light, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, I'll Have a New Life, I'm Bound for the Kingdom, It is No Secret, It's Alright Now, Just A Little Talk With Jesus, Let Some Drops Fall on Me, Love Through Me, Near to the Heart of God, Rise Up, O Men of God, Stand By Me, Steal Away, The Gentle Stranger, The King and I, 'Til Jesus Comes (Medley), To God Be the Glory, Touched by the Hand of the Lord, Victory in Jesus, Who at My Door is Standing?

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Voicing: TTBB | 1025b | Songbook | $8.95 | Some a cappella


Peter Hunt : Voiceworks - Young Choirs: A Handbook for Singing : Songbook & 2 CDs : Peter Hunt : 0193435490

Peter Hunt : Voiceworks - Young Choirs: A Handbook for Singing

Choir directors will be delighted with Voiceworks, a superb resource for leaders of choral groups aged 11 to 14 ... This handbook covers all the areas a leader needs to know about. A detailed introduction is followed by sections on how to warm up the voice and rehearse. The section on boys' changing voices is particularly useful. The undoubted triumph of the publication is the very approachable material: 60 songs, from unison to four-part harmony.

Songlist: Abeeyo, Adio mama, Allunde, Amazing grace, Amen siakudumisa, Away in a manger, Azikatale, Baby one, Certainly, Lord, Chan mali chan, Da doo ron ron, Didn't my Lord deliver Danuel?, Doubletalk, Drumkit, Drunken sailor, Echo, Elijah Rock, Father, father goodbye, Gaudete, Glowing candle light, Good news!, Green trees, rocky road, Halle halle, halle, Hear the wind, Hepa hepa nay nay, Hey ungua, Hill an' gully rider, I'll fly away, In the bleak midwinter, John Kanaka, and more

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5565b | Songbook & 2 CDs | $53.45 ON SALE $


Rick Hein : Novello Primary Chorals - Easy Soul : 2-Part : Songbook & Online Audio : 9781783058594 : 14043642

Rick Hein : Novello Primary Chorals - Easy Soul

The Novello Primary Chorals series presents Easy Soul, containing six of the greatest soul songs that children will love to sing. For 2-part Choir and Piano accompaniment, the simple and easy arrangements of these hit tunes will provide a fun and enjoyable introduction to ensemble singing.

From soul classics like Aretha Franklin's Respect and Ben E. King's Stand By Me to James Brown's driving funk tune I Got You (I Feel Good), every one of these songs is great fun for children to sing and listen to. The simple vocal arrangements of all seven songs include easy Piano accompaniments and Guitar chord symbols, so an adult or even one of the children can accompany on an instrument getting everyone involved.

To make it even easier for young singers, the Novello Primary Chorals Easy Soul sheet music comes with a download card of sound-alike backing and vocal demonstration tracks. This means that the group can hear exactly how everything should sound, before trying it out themselves with a professionally-recorded track. T

Songlist: Feeling Good, I Got You (I Feel Good), Lean On Me, Respect, Stand By Me, (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

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Voicing: 2-Part | 4209b | Songbook & Online Audio | $13.95


Various Arrangers : Barbershop Pop Classics : TTBB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Barbershop Pop Classics

Fun arrangements of some classic pop hits that work perfectly in the barbershop style. "Stand By Me" - Part of the charm and signature of the song is the bass riff, which continues throughout and keeps strict tempo from beginning to end. The Turtles' #1 hit "Happy Together" from 1967 arranged in close harmony will showcase your group at their best! The 1963 pop hit "In My Room" by the Beach Boys translates beautifully into close harmony style! Great for encouraging guys to sing.

Songlist: Hooked on a Feeling, Stand by Me, Happy Together, In My Room

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Voicing: TTBB | 2915b | Sheet Music Collection | $10.50


Various Arrangers : Do It Doo Wop : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Do It Doo Wop

As one of the earliest forms of a cappella singing every group should know at least some of the doo wop classics. "Under The Boardwalk", the 1964 hit by the Drifters, is one of the all time a cappella hits and should be in every group's repertoire. Here's a super doo-wop arrangement of Ben E King's 1961 "Stand By Me" and " In The Still Of The Night", a doo wop gem that's fun to sing. "Come Go With Me" - Put a special soloist out front with this doo-wop hit of the '50s!

Songlist: Come Go With Me, Under the Boardwalk, In the Still of the Nite, Stand By Me

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Voicing: SATB | 6325b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Men's Pop Standards for 3 Parts : 3 Parts TTB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Men's Pop Standards for 3 Parts

Stephen Stills wrote "Find The Cost of Freedom" after visiting a Civil War battle site and the emotion is still potent today: "All the brave soldiers that cannot get older been asking after you ... Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground." The a cappella texture makes it especially moving. "Come Go With Me" - Put a special soloist out front with this doo-wop hit of the '50s! Here's a super arrangement of the top pop hit "Stand By Me" from 1961. "Sixteen Tons" - Here's a great a cappella setting of the Tennessee Ernie Ford work song from the '50s. Excellent independence of voices!

Songlist: Find The Cost of Freedom, Come Go With Me, Stand By Me

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Voicing: 3 Parts TTB | 8006b | Sheet Music Collection | $5.25 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Sing in the Barbershop Quartet - Popular Songs : TTBB : Songbook : 884088922771 : 1480352330 : 00121374

Various Arrangers : Sing in the Barbershop Quartet - Popular Songs

These great collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances. Just turn on the CD, open the book, pick your part, and sing along! Volume 4 songs include: Ain't Misbehavin' - Basin Street Blues - Bring Him Home - Hallelujah - It's Only a Paper Moon - Seventy Six Trombones - Stand by Me - When She Loved Me.

Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin', Stand By Me, When She Loved Me, Hallelujah, Basin Street Blues, Bring Him Home, It's Only A Paper Moon, Seventy Six Trombones

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Voicing: TTBB | 8374b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Women's Doo Wop : SSAA : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Women's Doo Wop

As one of the earliest forms of a cappella singing every group should know at least some of the doo wop classics. "Under The Boardwalk", the 1964 hit by the Drifters, is one of the all time a cappella standards and probably should be in every group's repertoire. Here's a super doo-wop arrangement of Ben E King's 1961 "Stand By Me" and a lovely medley by Ed Lojeski of four doo wop gems. These songs are always crowd pleasers. Billy Joel's hit "The Longest Time" is a perennial favorite and evokes an even earlier time in America's pop history.

Songlist: The Best of Doo-Wop, Stand By Me, Under the Boardwalk, The Longest Time

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Voicing: SSAA | 9012b | Sheet Music Collection | $8.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Stand by Me : SATB : Jewel Taylor Thompson : Charles A. Tindley : Sheet Music Collection : GIA5803 : 785147580300

Jewel Taylor Thompson : Stand by Me

Arranger: Jewel Taylor Thompson | Composer: Charles A. Tindley

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Voicing: SATB | $1.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| GIA5803


Stand by Me : TTBB : Steve Delehanty : Jerry Leiber : Ben E. King : 00137959 : 812817020429

Steve Delehanty : Stand by Me

Part of the charm and signature of the song is the bass riff, which continues throughout and keeps strict tempo from beginning to end.

Arranger: Steve Delehanty | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: Ben E. King

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.20 | A Cappella |
00137959


Stand by Me : TB : Roger Emerson : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 00155636 : 888680601003

Roger Emerson : Stand by Me

Perfect for your guys! TB choirs will love singing this pop classic originally recorded by Ben E. King in 1961. Great lyrics, great hook, and a great message, well-crafted for changing voices!

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155636 | Voicetrax CD Available


Stand By Me : SATB divisi : Mark De-Lisser : Sheet Music : 00281633 : 888680786168

Mark De-Lisser : Stand By Me

The Kingdom Choir, with their soloists, really brought down the house at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they sang their hot gospel arrangement of Stand By Me. Here is that arrangement ready and waiting for you to captivate your own audiences.

Arranger: Mark De-Lisser

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00281633


Stand by Me : SAB : Audrey Snyder : Mike Stoller : Sheet Music : 00300627 : 888680962876

Audrey Snyder : Stand by Me

Ben E. King's timeless 1961 masterpiece is given all the care and attention a classic like this deserves when entering the Discovery Series. Taking the time to provide a blueprint for singing syncopated, melodic phrases with ease, Audrey Snyder lets this verifiable standard soar!

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Mike Stoller

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00300627 | Voicetrax CD Available


Stand by Me : 2-Part : Audrey Snyder : Mike Stoller : Sheet Music : 00300628 : 888680962883

Audrey Snyder : Stand by Me

Ben E. King's timeless 1961 masterpiece is given all the care and attention a classic like this deserves when entering the Discovery Series. Taking the time to provide a blueprint for singing syncopated, melodic phrases with ease, Audrey Snyder lets this verifiable standard soar!

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Mike Stoller

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00300628 | Voicetrax CD Available


Stand By Me : SATB : Steve Delehanty : Sheet Music : 00334026

Steve Delehanty : Stand By Me

Part of the charm and signature of the song is the bass riff, which continues throughout and keeps strict tempo from beginning to end.

Arranger: Steve Delehanty

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 | A Cappella |
00334026


Stand By Me : SSAA : Steve Delehanty : Sheet Music : 00350491

Steve Delehanty : Stand By Me

Part of the charm and signature of the song is the bass riff, which continues throughout and keeps strict tempo from beginning to end.

Arranger: Steve Delehanty

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.50 | A Cappella |
00350491


Stand By Me : SATB : Mac Huff : Jerry Leiber : Ben E. King : Sheet Music : 08200797 : 073999007978

Mac Huff : Stand By Me

Here's a super doo-wop arrangement of this top pop hit from 1961.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: Ben E. King

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200797


Stand By Me : SSAA : Mac Huff : Jerry Leiber : Ben E. King : Sheet Music : 08200798 : 073999314106

Mac Huff : Stand By Me

Here's a super doo-wop arrangement of this top pop hit from 1961.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: Ben E. King

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200798


Stand By Me : TBB : Mac Huff : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 08200799 : 073999007992

Mac Huff : Stand By Me

Here's a super doo-wop arrangement of this top pop hit from 1961.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200799


Stand by Me : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Jerry Leiber : Ben E. King : Sheet Music : 08201455 : 073999325003

Kirby Shaw : Stand by Me

SSA groups will love singing this pop classic originally recorded by Ben E. King in 1961. Great lyrics, great hook, and a great message! ShowTrax CD also available. Performance Time: Approx. 2:50.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Performed By: Ben E. King

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201455 | Showtrax CD Available


Stand By Me : SATB : Moses Hogan : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 08743328 : 073999182408

Moses Hogan : Stand By Me

Charles Tindley's hymntune offers many opportunities for expressive singing in this setting which is easily accessible by many choirs. Available: SATB a cappella. Approx. Time: 4:00.

Arranger: Moses Hogan | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743328


Stand by Me : SATB : Roger Emerson : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 40319684 : 073999196849 : 1423473140

Roger Emerson : Stand by Me

Roger Emerson's creative setting of this Ben E. King classic provides a variety of staging options for your group. Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40319684 | Voicetrax CD Available


Stand by Me : SAB : Roger Emerson : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 40319690 : 073999196900 : 1423473159

Roger Emerson : Stand by Me

Roger Emerson's creative setting of this Ben E. King classic provides a variety of staging options for your group. Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40319690 | Voicetrax CD Available


Stand by Me : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Jerry Leiber : Sheet Music : 40319702 : 073999197020 : 1423473167

Roger Emerson : Stand by Me

Roger Emerson's creative setting of this Ben E. King classic provides a variety of staging options for your group. Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40319702 | Voicetrax CD Available

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