Watch Kip Moore Cover Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’
No matter your musical genre of choice, you've heard Ben E. King's timeless hit "Stand By Me."
The 1961 classic, a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, is just one of King's many hits from his musical career -- which includes time as both a member of the R&B group the Drifters and as a solo artist -- but it's likely the one most familiar to country listeners, thanks to its popularity as a cover. Garth Brooks and Mickey Gilley have both covered the song, the former for his Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences box set and the latter for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.
Gilley even saw some chart success with his cover: In 1980, his version of "Stand By Me" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and at No. 22 on the Hot 100.
More recently, Kip Moore has been covering the tune on tour, seguing from his hit "Hey Pretty Girl" into "Stand By Me." Press play on the video above to hear his rendition and watch the crowd immediately transition from singing, "Hey pretty girl, can I have this dance / And the next one after that," to enthusiastically crooning, "When the night has come / And the land is dark / And the moon is the only light we'll see / No, I won't be afraid / Oh, I won't be afraid / Just as long as you stand, stand by me."
Ben E. King, who inspired many singers with his smooth R&B hits, died of natural causes on Thursday (April 30) at the age of 76.
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