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John Legend & Blake Shelton Sound Unreal on Their Casual Duet of "Stand by Me"

These The Voice alums gave us the harmonies we didn't know we needed! 

By Elizabeth Logan

Oh darlin, darlin, this is the duet we didn't know we needed!

How to Watch

Watch the Season 25 premiere of The Voice Monday, February 26 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

The Voice Coach alums John Legend (Seasons 16-22, 24-25) and Blake Shelton (Seasons 1-23) performed a casual duet on the show's backlot (for Legend's YouTube series "Trailer Talk"), and they sounded amazing together. They sang "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, and Legend's smooth vocals were the perfect counterpart to Shelton's down-home twang. Take a listen to their cover in the video further down this article. (Their singing starts around the three-minute mark.) 

What to know about "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

Called "the mother of all standards" by Far Out magazine, the song is known to almost every American music fan and has been recorded and performed by many Artists over the years. 

Per Far Out, Philadelphia minister Charles Albert Tindley was the first to register a copyright on a song with that title in 1905, and his composition was a popular gospel song through the '50s. A singing group that included Sam Cooke, who would go on to have a successful solo career, recorded a version called "Stand By Me, Lord," which is when Ben E. King heard it. 

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From there, King  hooked onto the phrase "Stand By Me" and began to write the version we know today. He brought his lyrics and melody to songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who added the now-iconic bass line. "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King was released in 1961, and the rest is history.

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"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King lyrics 

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
No I won't, be afraid
Just as long, as you stand, stand by me

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So darlin', darlin' stand, by me
Oh-oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky, that we look upon, should tumble and fall
Or the mountains, should crumble, to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no-no-no I won't shed a tear
Just as long, as you stand, by me

And darlin', darlin' stand, by me
Oh-oh-oh, stand, by me
Oh darling, stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Whoa-oh-oh, ay-ay
Ma-ma-my, my-ee

If the mountains should crumble to the sea

Ma-ma-my-my-my

When the night, has come
And, and the land is dark
And the moon, is the only, only light we'll see

So darlin', darlin' stand, by me, oh-oh stand by me
Oh darling, stand by me, stand by me
Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand, by me
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

So darlin', darlin', stand, oh-oh, oo-oo, oh-oh
As long as I know I got you right here
Right here by my side
Come on, come on, stand, stand right here