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Acker Bilk

Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: January 28, 1929    

Acker Bilk has won immortality on rock oldies radio for his surprise 1962 hit “Stranger on the Shore,” an evocative ballad featuring his heavily quavering low-register clarinet over a bank of strings. To the jazz world, though, he has a longer-running track record as one of the biggest stars of Britain's trad jazz boom, playing in a distinctive early New Orleans manner.

After learning his instrument in the British Army, Bilk joined Ken Colyer's trad band in 1954 before stepping out on his own in 1956. By 1960, a record of his, “Summer Set” -- a pun on the name of his home county -- landed on the British pop charts, and Bilk was on his way, clad in the Edwardian clothing and bowler hats that his publicist told his Paramount Jazz Band to wear....
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    "I Think The Best Thing About This Record Is The Music."

    Pickwick Music
    2009
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    The Best Of Stranger On The Shore

    Pickwick Music
    2001
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    All The Hits Plus More

    Pickwick Music
    2001
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    Reflections

    Pickwick Music
    1993
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    The Best Of Acker Bilk His Clarinet & Strings

    Pickwick Music
    1989
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    The Love Album

    Pickwick Music
    1989
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    Stranger On The Shore

    Pickwick Music
    1988
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