Stranger On The Shore was used in a TV show of the same name. The song was originally titled Jenny for Mr Acker Bilk’s daughter.
It’s the biggest selling instrumental of all time.
This song was on board Apollo 10 in May 1969. Astronaut Gene Cernan included it on a cassette tape played in the command module.
Stranger on the Shore was the first British song to reach number 1 on the US charts.
Followed by Telstar by the Tornados shortly after. Then came a slew of Beatles songs.
Words were added and the song was recorded by Andy Williams and The Drifters, their version reached number 19.
Acker Bilk played on 3 Van Morrison Albums.
He considered Stranger to be his big moment. Bilk died in 2012 in Bath, England.