Song of the Day: Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore”

Clarinetist Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk was born on this day in 1929. Wikipedia says he was "known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register style, and distinctive appearance – of goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat." "Stranger On The Shore" was originally titled "Jenny" after Bilk’s daughter. It spent almost a year at #1 on the British charts and was the first #1 hit by a British artist on the Hot 100 in 1962.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore”

  1. Hi John – I didn’t know much of the back story – but it was a record I always enjoyed hearing – it was an iconic song – I’d no idea bout the name, or the tv programme … live and learn, I guess! Cheers Hilary


  2. Absolute heaven! Our 13-year-old granddaughter has been taking clarinet lessons for a couple of years. When we played this for her, I thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head. “That’s a clarinet?” she asked, clearly impressed, then added “How’d he make it sound like that?”


  3. I always loved this tune it was used as the theme to a TV series called Stranger on the shore, which I used to watch, about a french au pare who moved to Brighton England for work. The title Jenny was changed to the name of the show.


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