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One of songwriter and music publisher Robert Mellin 's major songwriting successes came in , when he wrote lyrics for this song, allowing it to be covered by vocal acts including Andy Williams and the Drifters. On 26 May , "Stranger on the Shore" became the first British recording to reach number one on the U. Billboard Hot where it was issued by Atlantic Records on the Atco label, but it was quickly followed, on 22 December, by British band The Tornados ' " Telstar ", another instrumental.
After "Telstar", the next British performers to top the U. The song is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The composition has been covered by many other artists, most prominently a vocal version by Andy Williams , which reached 9 on the adult contemporary chart , 30 in the UK , and 38 on the Billboard Hot ,  and a group vocal version by the Drifters , which reached 19 on the adult contemporary chart and 73 on the Billboard Hot Released in , the original Stranger on the Shore album also featured the string arrangements of Leon Young and the performances of his Chorale string players.
It primarily consists of melodies from classical, traditional and show music sources, but there is one more original: Is This the Blues , also assembled by Young from a Bilk melody. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the musical piece. Acker Bilk". Retrieved 29 May Archived from the original on 16 September Retrieved Retrieved 26 September United Kingdom: everyHit.
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