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Sidney Bechet - 91% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 May 1897, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 14 May 1959, Paris, France. A major figure in early jazz, an outstanding clarinettist, and for decades the only performer of consequence on soprano saxophone, Sidney Bechet’s career began in 1909. During the next few years he played clarinet in bands led by legendary musicians such as Buddy Petit, John Robichaux and Bunk John Read more

Nelson Riddle - 66% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nelson Smock Riddle, 1 June 1921, Oradell, New Jersey, USA, d. 6 October 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. After studying piano, Riddle took up the trombone when in his early teens, and in the late 30s played in a number of big bands, including those led by Jerry Wald, Charlie Spivak, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. After a stint in the army, he settled in California and stud Read more

Chris Barber - 59% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1930, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. In the 40s Barber studied trombone and bass at the Guildhall School of Music, eventually choosing the former as his principal instrument (although he occasionally played bass in later years). In the late 40s he formed his first band, which, unusually, was formed as a co-operative. Also in the band were Monty Sunshine Read more

Artie Shaw - 56% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Big Band & Swing Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, 23 May 1910, East Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, d. 30 December 2004, Newbury Park, California, USA. The son of an Austrian mother and a Russian father, Arshawsky was born in New York but relocated with his family to New Haven, Connecticut while still a child. He learned to play the ukulele before taking up the alto saxophone at the age of 1 Read more

Al Hirt - 51% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alois Maxwell Hart, 7 November 1922, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 27 April 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After studying classical music at the Cincinnati Conservatory in the early 40s, trumpeter Hirt divided his professional career between symphony orchestras and dance bands and still found time to play dixieland jazz in New Orleans clubs. Hirt worked as a bugler dur Read more

Benny Goodman - 44% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Big Band & Swing Big Band & Swing Classical Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin David Goodman, 30 May 1909, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 June 1986, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a large, impoverished family of immigrants, Goodman experienced hard times while growing up. Encouraged by his father to learn a musical instrument, Goodman and two of his brothers took lessons; as the youngest and smallest he learned to play the clarinet. Th Read more

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra - 44% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
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Billy Vaughn - 44% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Vaughn, 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, d. 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA. An extremely successful orchestra leader, arranger and musical director during the 50s and early 60s. In 1952, singing baritone and playing piano, he formed the Hilltoppers vocal quartet, with Jimmy Sacca, Seymour Speigelman and Don McGuire. They had a string of US hits Read more

Ray Conniff - 43% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1916, Attelboro, Massachusetts, USA, d. 12 October 2002, Escondido, California, USA. Taught to play the trombone by his father, Conniff studied arranging with the aid of a mail-order course while still at college. In 1934, after graduation, he worked with small bands in Boston before joining Bunny Berigan as trombonist/arranger in 1937. After a spell with Bob Cros Read more

James Last - 41% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hans Last, 17 April 1929, Bremen, Germany. This phenomenally successful band leader and arranger brought up to date the tradition of big band arrangements for current pop hits, and has been rewarded with worldwide sales in excess of 50 million copies. Trained as a bass player, in 1946 he joined Hans-Gunther Oesterreich’s Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra. Two years later he Read more

Perry Como - 40% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Pierino Como, 18 May 1912, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 May 2001, Jupiter Inlet Beach Colony, Florida, USA. Como was an accomplished popular singer with a warm baritone voice, whose repertoire included ballads, novelty numbers and singalongs. Born into a large Italian-American family in Canonsburg, he left his home town barber shop in 1933 and toured with the local b Read more

Fausto Papetti - 37% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening World Music
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Henry Mancini - 37% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Enrico Mancini, 16 April 1924, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 14 June 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. Prompted by his father, a steelworker who loved music, Mancini learned to play several musical instruments while still a small child. As a teenager he developed an interest in jazz and especially music of the big bands. He wrote some arrangements and sent them to Benny Goodman Read more

Nat "King" Cole - 37% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nathaniel Adams Coles, 17 March 1919 (although 1916 and 1917 have also been cited), Montgomery, Alabama, USA, d. 15 February 1965, Santa Monica, California, USA. Cole was born into a family that was both deeply religious and intensely musical. He learned to play piano at home when only four years old through his mother, Perlina Adams Coles, and, later, played organ at the ch Read more

Franck Pourcel - 36% match to Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1915, Marseilles, France, d. 12 November 2000, Paris, France. With the violin his chosen instrument, Pourcel found playing in downtime jazz combos a liberating change from his studies at the Paris Conservatoire. He became an admirer of Stéphane Grappelli whose mainstream style he emulated before assuming leadership of the French Fiddlers in the late 40s. Sig Read more


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