2010 collection. Acker Bilk, known more familiarly as Mr. Acker Bilk, has been one of the world's best known clarinetists since the late 1950s. His trademark goatee, bowler hat, and striped waistcoat are almost as recognizable as his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. His 1962 hit 'Stranger On The Shore' reached #1and went on to stay 55 weeks on the British charts. It even crossed the sea to America, where it also hit the top slot on the Billboard chart. This collection features 16 classics performed in his own inimitable style. Music Digital.