May 4th, 2009
05:52 PM ET

Video: 'Stand By Me' cover – will make you smile

This cover of Stand By Me was recorded by completely unknown artists in a street virtual studio all around the world. It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician called Roger Ridley.

The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Elliott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley's base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz's added some metal percussion to it.


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  1. Myra Boyd

    This should be required viewing for everyone. It's basic humanity in it's finest form. In spite of world governments, politicians, corporations doing all they can to destroy the spirit in people, along comes this beautiful video. I know my faith is renewed. (in the determination and spirit of the people!)

    May 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  2. Art

    Great song!

    May 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  3. Rebekah

    This should 100% be The Shot on tonite's show!!

    "Stand By Me" was the song my parents' song at their wedding and my mom LOVED this. This made my day. My sister added "meet Grandpa Elliot" to her Bucket List. Amazing video. =]

    May 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm |