Monday, November 3, 2014

Acker Bilk (1929-2014)

R.I.P. Bernard Stanley 'Acker' Bilk, who was a major figure in the UK trad jazz revival of the 1950's and '60s. His playing paid homage to early New Orleans clarinetists such as George Lewis, Edmond Hall, Sidney Bechet, and others. Bilk's biggest hit, 1962's "Stranger on the Shore", was the first song to be a number one hit on both the UK and US charts.

Read the BBC News article on his passing here.

1 comment:

Jigsaw said...

A very fine clarinettist who was much under rated I feel. I recall buying 'The Nobel Art of Acker Bilk - in I think early 1963 in a very small town in New Zealand and as I was separated from my jazz collection becoming very attached to it. The sound was really very poor and it's only recently that I obtained the LAKE reissue where the sound is much improved.