In Maythe crew of Apollo 10 took "Stranger on the Shore" on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernana member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft. The track, performed by Bilk as "Mr. The single became a phenomenal success, topping the NME singles chart and spending nearly a year on the Record Retailer Top It was the UK 's biggest-selling single of the biggest-selling instrumental single of all time, and appears fifty-eighth in the official UK list of best-selling singles issued in It had sold 1.
One of songwriter and music publisher Robert Mellin 's major songwriting successes came inwhen 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 In Black - Blindside* - R.I.P., by British band The Tornados ' " Telstar ", another instrumental.
After Tony Mottola - String Band Strum-Along, 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 Williamswhich reached 9 on the adult contemporary chart30 in the UKand 38 on the Billboard Hot and a group vocal version by the Drifterswhich reached 19 on the adult contemporary chart and 73 on the Billboard Hot From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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