Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Round 10: Ben E. King Vs. John Lennon

Ben E. King recorded one of the most unforgettable songs in popular music "Stand By Me" in 1961. 

Powerful, soulful and beautifully recorded it's no wonder that John Lennon knew this song by heart, like so many of us who have experienced this song.


Lennon recorded "Stand By Me" in 1975 for his album Rock 'n' Roll.  With a different driving beat and a vocal styles uniquely Lennon's, this song stands as one of Lennon's most popular solo works.

The Winner:
This is a tough one.  Both songs are touching and unique in very different ways.  While I like the rawness of Lennon's recording, the cleanness and clarity of Ben E. King's recorded showcases his amazing vocals which express the profound meaning of longing and hope in this song. 

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