My favourite song from 1962 is a “no-brainer” as I just loved the melody and clarinet tones in “Stranger On The Shore”. I guess many others did as well as I believe it reached No.1 in the UK charts!
I am now 15 but, at 15, I was still a young boy who loved trains. The opposite sex was of no interest. I tolerated my two sisters and the occasional female train-spotter (but they were a rarity anyway!), so most of the UK hits in 1961 did little for me … until I heard this one. I had not been exposed to traditional jazz at that point, but really liked the “foot-tapping” beat throughout. I now added traditional jazz to my likes, and so my music interests expanded beyond classical, comedy, skiffle and close harmonies!