I was a college sophomore in 1962 and I suspect “Stranger on the Shore” was an Adult Contemporary hit.
It sure wasn’t rock and I don’t remember it at all. (I just checked and yes, it topped what was then the Easy Listening charts, which would explain why we rockers missed it.) Bilk was also born in 1929. The Beatles were of my generation. Ringo and and John were a year older than me. Paul was a year younger ,and George two years younger.