Advert: Nationwide – SavingsWatch
Music: Olivia Svensson – Stand By Me
This Nationwide Building Society ad features a specially recorded cover version of Ben E King’s classic Stand By Me, written by King in 1960 with the great Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The version in the ad is another mellow female-fronted cover of a popular song, and as such Nationwide scores zero points for originality. But who sings the song? After a period of hushed secrecy, Nationwide have announced that the singer is (…drumroll…) Olivia Svensson, from Sweden. Unfortunately this track has been withdrawn from the iTunes UK store. You can, however, download the Ben E King version.