“Stand by Me” is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. According to King, the title is derived and was inspired by a spiritual composition by Sam Cooke called “Stand by Me Father”. This spiritual was sung by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead.

There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song performed by many artists. It has been featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me. In 2012, it was estimated that the song’s royalties had topped £17 million, making it the sixth highest earning song as of that time. 50% of the royalties were paid to King.

Here’s a beautiful cover of ‘Stand By Me’ by Nepal Idol one of the top-10 contestant ‘Kenjal Meher Shrestha’ and a Nepali song coverer artist ‘Anu Shakya’. Check this out!