Stranger On The Shore – Mr Acker Bilk (1961)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  record, Stranger On The Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk. The record was released in 1961, on the Columbia record label and has been reworked into the unmistakable silhouette of the Bowler hat as worn by Mr. Acker Bilk.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Acker Bilk, Easy Listening Jazz, 60’s Music, The Clarinet, Instrumentals or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Stranger On The Shore
Media Artist/s: Mr. Acker Bilk
Record Label: Columbia
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1960s
Genre: Jazz / Easy Listening

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Mr. Acker Bilk – The Artist

Bernard Stanley Bilk, MBE (1929 – 2014), known professionally as Acker Bilk, was a British clarinettist and vocalist known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register style, and distinctive appearance – of goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat.
Bilk’s 1962 instrumental tune “Stranger on the Shore” became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962. It spent more than 50 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at number two, and was the second No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist.

Stranger On The Shore – The Song

“Stranger on the Shore” is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named “Jenny” after her. The tune was written on a single scrap of paper by Bilk and handed over to Leon Young (1916-1991) who crafted the string arrangement, including the characteristic harmonic shifts at the very end. The recording was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people, Stranger on the Shore. It was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK. In May 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 took “Stranger on the Shore” on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernan, a member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft. The composition has been covered by many other artists, most prominently a vocal 1962 version by Andy Williams, and a group vocal version by the Drifters also in 1962. Kenny G covered it in 1999 on his album, Classics in the Key of G.

The Bowler Hat – The Shape

This record has been cut into the unmistakable shape of Acker Bilks bowler hat. The bowler hat, also known as a billycock, bob hat, bombín (Spanish) or derby (United States), is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown, originally created by the London hat-makers Thomas and William Bowler in 1849. It has traditionally been worn with semi-formal and informal attire. The bowler, a protective and durable hat style, was popular with the British, Irish, and American working classes during the second half of the 19th century, and later with the middle and upper classes in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the east coast United States.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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1 review for Stranger On The Shore – Mr Acker Bilk (1961)

  1. Suzette J. (verified owner)

    It was so appropriate for the person I wanted it for have ordered another design for another family member.

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