These songs still give me goosebumps after all these years. Ben E. King co-wrote and performed both of them. The first marked his debut as lead singer for "The Drifters" in 1959. The second--well, everybody knows about the second one, recorded a year later when Ben was out on his own as a solo artist. "Stand by Me," according to the Recording Association of America, is one of the songs of the 20th Century. In March of 2012, "Stand by Me" received the Towering Song Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. When you listen to these two recordings, it's easy to see why people still love them and why they're a great way to celebrate the birthday of a gentleman.
There Goes My Baby
(Thanks to Miss Ellie for posting these first on YouTube)
(Thanks to Adriano Cruzado)
If he had never acted again after 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, and La Notte, those three films would have been enough to make a legacy. But you can't keep a good man down. The Nazis couldn't do it when they sent him to a prison camp during World War II. He escaped to Venice of all places. And if you think of film as a kind of escape, Marcello Mastroianni was the eternal refugee. Which is what happens in art anyway, I suppose. Whatever your medium, you keep escaping your own skin. It's so much fun to live in another's if only for a while. Here's a look at some of the many other lives this great actor lived for us. (Thanks to marcgsrgb for posting these first on YouTube)