Personalities | Acker Bilk | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Clarinet, b. 1929)

Acker Bilk was born in Somerset, England. He took up clarinet in the Army and formed his first band in 1950. His Paramount Jazz Band adopted trademark uniforms of striped waistcoats and bowler hats and was very successful in the UK’s trad boom of the late 1950s. Bilk enjoyed a major pop hit with his own ‘Stranger On The Shore’ in 1961 and remained a popular draw on the international traditional jazz circuit in subsequent decades.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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