'Stranger on the Shore' is one of those melodies that were first heard in the early 60's and remain in the head for ever afterwards. Acker Bilk, the name 'Acker' is a term used in the South West of England meaning 'mate,' Acker Bilk made his name with this short track and he saw it as his old age pension! It made his and his trad jazz bands name and they have been successful ever since. This was not his only hit of course, the other is often heard even today. He passed away the other day aged 83.