Bilk was not internationally known musician until an experiment with a 
string ensemble and a composition of his own as its keynote piece made 
him one in 1962. Upon the birth of his daughter, he composed and 
dedicated a melody entitled "Jenny" (her name). He was approached by a 
British television series for permission to use that melody, but to 
change the title to "Stranger on the Shore". He went on to record it as the 
title track of a new album in which his 
signature deep, quivering clarinet was backed by the Leon Young String 
Chorale. The single was not only a big hit in the United Kingdom, where 
it stayed on the charts for 55 weeks, gaining a second wind after Bilk 
was the subject of the TV show This Is Your Life, but also shot to the top of 
the American charts

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Sent: Sunday, November 2, 2014 6:59 PM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] R.I.P. Acker Bilk

"Trad jazz" English clarinettist Acker Bilk "dropped the body" today. 
HisStranger on the Shore has to be a serious contender for the most-beautiful 
popular music release ever. (And the first No. 1 single in the US by a British 
artist!) Fantastic tear-jerker.

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