Traditional black gospel is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. It is a form of Christian musicand a subgenre of gospel music.
“King’s might be the best-known version of Stand By Me, but the Christian hymn of that name was written in 1905 by Pastor Charles Tindley, as a plea to the Lord for support and guidance in times of doubt and suffering. It was directly inspired by verse 4 of the far, far older Psalm 23: ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.””
BEN E KING “STAND BY ME“