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    Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:28:59

    "Stand By Me" Receives 2012 Towering Song Award - The song stands the test of time

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    So darlin', darlin', stand by me! Oh, stand, stand by me. Great song, great movie!

    The 2012 Towering Song Award of 2012 will be presented to "Stand By Me," written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King, and King will receive the Towering Performance Award. Lance Freed will be awarded the prestigious Abe Olman Publisher Award at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced.

    What is The Towering Song Award? Well, it is an honor is presented to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years. Previous Towering Songs have included "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The Towering Performance Award is given in recognition of one-of-a-kind performances by one-of-a-kind singers. Often called "songwriter's singers," they have recorded outstanding and unforgettable interpretations of songs that have become iconic standards. Past recipients include Tony Bennett for "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and Andy Williams for "Moon River."

    "Stand By Me" was written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King, and originally recorded by King with Leiber & Stoller producing. King's record went to No. 1 on the R&B Charts in 1961 and was a Top 10 hit on the U.S. pop charts twice: in 1961, and again in 1986 when used as the theme song for the movie, Stand by Me.

    It has seen over 400 recorded versions, including hits by Earl Grant, Spyder Turner, David & Jimmy Ruffin, John Lennon, Mickey Gilley, Maurice White, 4 the Cause, and Prince Royce, and was sampled on Sean Kingston's #1 hit "Beautiful Girls," making it the song to have charted the most times on Billboard's Hot 100. "Stand By Me" received a Grammy® Hall of Fame Award and is also on the top of the lists of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," RIAA's "Songs of the Century," and is in the top five of BMI's most-performed songs of the 20th century.

    It is a favorite of major acts: U2 has performed it live with Bruce Springsteen; and Lady Gaga, with Sting. A 2008 music video featuring "Stand By Me" performed by street musicians from around the world has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Its success launched a foundation called Playing For Change that builds music schools around the globe.

    What is your favorite version of "Stand By Me?"

    —Maggie Pannacione
    03.29.12



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