On May 26, 1962, Acker Bilk's instrumental single "Stranger on the Shore" reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Acker Bilk* played jazz clarinet dressed as an Edwardian dance hall player. He became the first British performer to top the American pop charts.
The lyrics of the song open with...
"Here I stand, watching the tide go out,
So alone and blue, just dreaming of you.
I watched your ship as it sailed out to sea..."
*Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk (1929-2014) was born in Pensford, Somerset, England & served in the Royal Engineers in the Suez Canal Zone & started his own band in 1951. BSAB received the BBC "Gold Award" in 2005.
"May 26, 1962: The British Invasion has an odd beginning", www.history.com/
in the 1960s
The Clarence Ballroom
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