The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 69

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 69

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which twice weekly features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do.


Stranger on the ShoreAcker Bilk


“Stranger on the Shore” is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named “Jenny” after her. It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial, 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.


9 responses to “The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 69

  1. Still love that piece. In a similar time, I also liked Kenny Ball’s “Midnight in Moscow”. Remembering your Sandy Denny Post sometime ago, this reminded me that Acker Bilk played on one of her songs. What a wonderful touch to a Sandy Denny recording!

  2. As soon as I saw the picture I guessed what the music would be!

  3. Kris, what can I say, what an amazing choice, made all the better as I realised its been so long since I heared this. Thoroughly enjoyed😊

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