Monday, 3 November 2014

Out On Blue Six : Acker Bilk, RIP

Another sad passing in the news today, legendary jazz musician Acker Bilk has died aged 85.

Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he took the stage name Acker, slang for mate in his native Somerset, after mastering the clarinet whilst doing his National Service in Egypt.

He claimed his distinctive playing style was on account of the loss of three teeth during a playground fight and half a finger in a sledging accident. His most famous hit Stranger On A Shore, shared here, was written for his young daughter and saw him become the first UK artiste to hit the US charts.


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