( CNN) Even people who don’t care much about royal weddings were impressed by the way Prince Harry and Meghan Markle merged Anglo-African and African-American elements into their wedding ceremony.

Then there was the truth choir. As Salamishah Tillet describing him in the New York Times, the “awesome power” of southeast London’s Kingdom Choir“showcased the sheer scope of a trans-Atlantic pitch-black identity” in its “rollicking rendition of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me.'”

She was right in her acknowledgment of the group’s action, which moved all bridal attendees. But there is a backstory to the hymn that realise it even more appropriate for such an inclusive party. It was the product of one of the celebrated cradles of American popular music, a neighbourhood where artists from different backgrounds cooperated in the creation of a now classic sound.


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