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Stand By Me

Episode 3 of 5

Singer-songwriter Ben E King talks about writing the classic song, and others reflect on its lasting emotional power. From July 2004.

Singer-songwriter Ben E King talks about writing the classic song in his bedroom on a cheap guitar,

It was recorded by Marc Bolan and John Lennon, and was featured in a film.

Those reflecting on its lasting emotional power are:

Raynold Gideon
Bruce Evans
Jason Toynbee
Steve Brosnihan
Alan Clayson

Reader: Kerry Shale

Series about music that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks.

Producer: Lucy Lunt

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.

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30 minutes

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