Acker Bilk

English recording artist; clarinetist and vocalist

Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist. He was known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single and his best known work.[1]

Acker Bilk
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Background information
Birth nameBernard Stanley Bilk
Born(1929-01-28)28 January 1929
Pensford, Somerset, England
Died2 November 2014(2014-11-02) (aged 85)
Bath, Somerset, England
GenresTraditional jazz
Occupation(s)Clarinettist, vocalist
Years active1954–2013
LabelsAtco, EMI, Columbia, Castle, Philips, Stomp Off, GNP, Lake

Bilk died in Bath, Somerset, England, aged 85.[2]


  1. "Acker Bilk 'fed up' with Stranger on the Shore". BBC. Retrieved 2 November 2014
  2. "Jazz legend Acker Bilk dies aged 85". BBC News. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.