Brazilian singer-songwriter, Lakinni, and American composer and pianist, Richard Kait, recorded their cover of Stand by Me during lakinni's visit to Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2013.
Stand by Me was first performed by Ben E. King in 1961. It was written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me," plus two lines found in Psalms 46:2--3.
While the piano track was recorded in Richard's personal studio, the vocals and final, master track were later recorded and produced in Ambient Studios, by its CEO and sound engineer, David Prues. David contributed skills as sound engineer, and as lakinni's voice coach, and offered super-positive suggestions for the vocals.
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, King 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. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about seven million performances.
This music video was filmed inside Richard's home and studio, The Lofts at Fountain Square, in downtown Cincinnati, with the final edits completed by lakinni and Richard using iMovie.
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