This song was originally performed in 1961 by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. It was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me. It was also featured in a 1987 European commercial of Levi's 501 jeans, contributing to greater success in Europe.
In 2012, the song's royalties were estimated to have topped £17 million making it the sixth highest-earning song as of its era. 50% of the royalties were paid to King. In 2014, King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as "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.
There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists, notably John Lennon, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), The Drifters, Tracy Chapman, Florence and the Machine and many more.
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