Showing posts with label Ben E. King. Show all posts
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Ben E. King - This Magic Moment (1960) From The Very Best Of Ben E. King


Ben E. King - This Magic Moment (1960) From The Very Best Of Ben E. King
This Magic Moment
Composers: Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Original Artist: the Drifters
Label: Atlantic Records; Recording: Atlantic #2050 (45)
Release Year: 1960; Chart: #16 Billboard Hot 100 and #4 R&B
Cover Artist: Jay and the Americans
Label: United Artists Records; Recording: United Artists #50475 (45)
Release Year: 1968; Chart: #6 Billboard Hot 100



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Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote so many famous songs in a very short period of time - “A Teenager in Love,” “Hushabye," “Turn Me I-oose,” “Little Sister," “His Latest Flame,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment” arc just a few. The latter was recorded first by Ben E. King and the Drifters in 1960 with a flawless siring section providing most of the accompaniment. It was a big hit on both the Pop and R&B charts.

Almost every single Ben E. King hit has been covered, and "This Magic Moment” is no exception. Very late in 1968, Jay Black and the Americans released their version. It quickly became the group’s fourth Top 10 hit and sold a million copies. For the song, the magic happened again.

Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman were both inducted (separately) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Special of the day: Stand by Me by Ben E. King

Special of the day: Stand by Me by Ben E. King

Stand by Me is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King. It was written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me", plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it. King had written it for The Drifters, who passed on recording it. After the "Spanish Harlem" recording session, he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs. King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.

Stoller recalls it differently:

I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a cappella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics ... .



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