Top Song 50 Years Ago; #10

The next song to reach the top of the charts in 1962 was not a rock song. It was Stranger on the Shore by Mr Acker Bilk. Bernard Stanley Bilk got the nickname “Acker” from a slang term meaning “friend.” He wrote the song for his daughter, Jenny, and named the song for her. He was approached by a British TV serial and asked change the name of the song to match the series; “Stranger on the Shore.”

The song was the number song on the Cash Box list for the week of 13-19 May 1962 and then the number one song on the Billboard list for the week of 20-26 May.

Download songs from Acker Bilk (for a fee) from Amazon.

Acker Bilk is still preforming in Europe. Visit his website for photos, tour dates and more information.