|Birth name||Bernard Stanley Bilk|
28 January 1929|
Pensford, Somerset, England
|Died||2 November 2014
Bath, Somerset, England
|Labels||Atco, EMI, Columbia, Castle, Philips, Stomp Off, GNP, Lake|
Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist. He was known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single and his best known work.