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Stranger On The Shore [Nov. 3rd, 2014|12:20 pm]
Tony Grist
Serious jazzers tend to be sniffy about Acker Bilk, but all it takes to achieve immortality is to write one great tune.

I watched the TV serial that gave the tune its name. It was about a French au pair. I was just a kid and I didn't really get what was going on but I remember it as one of the first adult fictions to take me by the throat. The girl was so lonely, poor thing.  I can picture the opening and closing credits:  a single figure wandering along a shingly beach- in black and white of course- with Acker Bilk's clarinet noodling away...

[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2014-11-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
I remember that serial too. Very poignant opening and closing credits.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-03 01:43 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it still exists in the BBC archives.
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