Jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk, who personified the trad jazz revival of the 1950s and 60s, has died after an illness, aged 85.
His most famous number Stranger on the Shore was the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962 and made him an international star.
Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he changed his name to Acker – Somerset slang for mate – after learning to play the clarinet in the Army.
His last concert was in August 2013.
This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Source:: BBC Entertainment