Saturday Soundtracks – Stand By Me

One of the best Stephen King adaptations of all time is Stand By Me. Known for writing horror more than anything else, King wrote this coming of age tale to perfection and still managed to inject a little of the genre he was known for, albeit in quite a different way than you would expect. It may not have been as big of a surprise for those that read the original work entitled The Body, but when seeing the film and living that idyllic time through those boys, that ending hits hard and truly packs an emotional wallop. The soundtrack is what you would expect for a film taking place in 1959 and really, it could not be any better. With songs from Ben E. King, of which the film took its name, Bobby Day, The Chordettes and Buddy Holly, it is a time capsule to a time of innocence, but as shown by this movie, holds just as much ugly as any other. The original soundtrack only held ten songs, an incomplete accounting of what the film actually played. This particular link features every song from the picture including the amazing The Ballad Of Paladin by Johnny Western of which the kids are enamoured of. Additionally there is a bit of original score by Jack Nitzsche but it is the classic songs of yesteryear that really hold sway more than anything else, particularly that incredible lead track by Ben E. King.


0:00 Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
2:31 Sorry (I Ran All The way Home) – The Impalas
5:00 Mr Lee – The Bobbettes
7:12 The Ballad Of Palladin – Johnny Western
9:19 Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
11:08 Whispering Bells – The Del Vikings
13:27 Let The Good Times Roll – Shirley & Lee
15:48 The Book Of Love – The Monotones
18:08 Lollipop – The Chordettes
20:18 Everyday – Buddy Holly
22:23 Come Go With Me – The Del Vikings
24:59 Come Softly To Me – The Fleetwoods
27:19 Hushabye – The Mystics
29:50 Get A Job – The Silhouettes
32:31 Yakety Yak – The Coasters
34:16 Stand By Me – Ben E. King
37:06 Original Score – Jack Nitzsche

6 replies »

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous soundtrack, inspired choice!! I love the video of Stand By Me where Ben E. King is dancing with River Phoenix and the other kid who I can’t remember his name right now lol.

    I actually think this is a case of preferring the soundtrack to the movie (ever so slightly!)

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