Acker Bilk

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock
Tags: jazz instrumental clarinet easy listening clarinette Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bernard Stanley Bilk, 28 January 1929, Pensford, Somerset, England. A self-taught clarinettist, Bilk made his first public appearance in 1947 while on National Service in Egypt. On his return to the UK, he played as a semi-professional around the Bristol area, before gaining his big break with the Ken Colyer band in 1954. Four years later, under the name ‘Mr’ Acker Bilk, he enjoyed his first UK Top 10 hit with ‘Summer Set’. Backed by the Paramount Jazz Band, and promoted by his Bilk Marketing Board, he was at the forefront of the British traditional jazz boom of the early 60s. With their distinctive uniform of bowler hats and striped waistcoats, Bilk and company enjoyed a number of jazzy UK hits in the 60s, including ‘White Cliffs Of Dover’, ‘Buona Sera’, ‘That’s My Home’, ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’, ‘Frankie And Johnny’, ‘Gotta See Baby Tonight’, and ‘A Taste Of...

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