A song for all friends and lovers :


When the night has come

And the land is dark

And the moon is the only light we see



(Jean Mannheim, Germany / Early California, "Storm Clouds", Oil on Canvas)


 ...No I won't be afraid,

No I won't be afraid

Just as long as you stand, stand by me...



    So darling, darling stand by me...


    George III Silver Stand with Reticulated Border

    Robert Makepeace & Richard Carter, London 1776

    Crested for the Earl of Leicester  








                                                    Oh, now, now stand by me...  


Rare Pair of Chinese Export Quatrefoil Bowls, Covers  

  & Stands, Qianlong, c1750  

   In blue & white, with applied decoration







    Stand by me, stand by me.









George III Mahogany Candlestand

England, c1765

With 19th century walnut extension for height,

The extension probably American                            








When the sky that we look upon

Should tumble and fall

And the mountain should crumble to the sea...



(John William Hilton, California, 1904-1983, Desert Afternoon)


...I won't cry, I won't cry

No I won't shed a tear

 Just as long as you stand , stand by me...


    And darling, darling stand by me...


    George IV / William IV Irish Rosewood Portable

    Book Stand. Williams & Gibton, Dublin, c1830,

    Stamped for the maker 





Oh stand by me... 


Bow Porcelain Dolphin Pickle & 3-Shell Pickle or

Sweetmeat Stand

England, c1752-55

The shell form dishes with further shells cast from real sea shells





    Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me.


    Regency Chinoiserie & Papier-Mâché Tray

    On Later Stand, England c1815

    In the Brighton Pavilion Manner 








    Oh, now, now, stand by me...


    Chinese Export Porcelain Mazarin on Stand

    The Porcelain Qianlong, c1740 











Oh, stand by me, stand by me, stand by me... 


George IV Mahogany Brass-Mounted Folio Stand  

   England, c1825  









....Darling, Darling Stand by me,

Stand by me,

Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me."



(Frederick Carl Smith, Washington, DC / California, 1868-1955, Bathers Amongst Rocks in a Cove)



"Stand By Me" was originally performed by Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  It was inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand By Me", and two lines from The Psalms.

Over 400 versions have been recorded.


 There are varying stories on the original recording - whether as an after-thought after recording "Spanish Harlem" -- or developed by King and producers Leiber and Stoller from a simple a cappella tune to the familiar sound we know and hum. 


 In any event, the record topped the Rhythm and Blues charts - #1 in 1961, and #4 in 1986, when the movie by the same name was released.  Rolling Stone rated "Stand By Me" #122 on the list of the 500 "Greatest Hits of All Time", and BMI names it the 4th most performed 20th century song.  In 2012, "Stand By Me" received the Towering Song Award, and King the Towering Performance Award.


As usual, please email or call if you have any questions.


During February, a card with the lyrics to

"Stand By Me" will accompany each purchase.


Happy Valentine's Day!


Millicent Ford Creech


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"So Darling, Darling Stand By Me....", Valentine's 2013