Acker Bilk

Biography

Bernard Stanley Bilk, 28 January 1929, Pensford, Somerset, England. A self-taught clarinettist, Bilk made his first public appearance in 1947 while on National Service in Egypt. On his return to the UK, he played as a semi-professional around the Bristol area, before gaining his big break with the Ken Colyer band in 1954. Four years later, under the name ‘Mr’ Acker Bilk, he enjoyed his first UK Top 10 hit with ‘Summer Set’. Backed by the Paramount Jazz Band, and promoted by... Read more

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jazz
clarinet
instrumental
easy listening
clarinette
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