Acker Bilk

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Acker Bilk
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Background information
Birth name Bernard Stanley Bilk
Born (1929-01-28)28 January 1929
Pensford, Somerset, England
Died 2 November 2014(2014-11-02) (aged 85)
Bath, Somerset, England
Genres Traditional jazz
Occupations Clarinettist, vocalist
Instruments Clarinet
Years active 1954–2013
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.[1]

Bilk died in Bath, Somerset, England, aged 85.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Acker Bilk 'fed up' with Stranger on the Shore". BBC. Retrieved 2 November 2014
  2. "Jazz legend Acker Bilk dies aged 85". BBC News. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.