Stand by Me
Song featured in Nationwide’s new TV advert now available to download on iTunes
27 July 2012: Ever since our new TV advertisement first aired, interest and demand for the song used in it has continued to grow, and our Facebook and YouTube pages have seen numerous requests for details of where to buy it.
Now the full version of this song, recorded by Olivia Svensson, can be downloaded from iTunes for 79p. Just search for ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Olivia Svensson’.
It’s certainly a song with a history. ‘Stand by Me’ was first recorded in 1960 and was originally a hit for Ben E King, who wrote the song, working on it with the legendary music producers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. It went to number 4 in the American charts in 1961 but only to number 27 in the UK. In the 1980’s the song returned to top the UK charts in 1987 after a new found popularity that began when it was featured in the movie ‘Stand by Me’ starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.
Olivia Svensson, from Sweden, joins a long list of other artists who have recorded it. Among them are the boxer Muhammed Ali in 1964 (then known as Cassius Clay), John Lennon in 1975 and more recently Seal on his album ‘Soul’.
We hope you like Olivia’s version and will tell friends and family that it is available for download now.