Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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1929 – Born on the 28th of January in Pensford, Somerset South West England.
1950-1960 – Bilk was part of the boom in traditional jazz that swept the United Kingdom.
1954-1956 – Joined Ken Colyer’s band and then after he formed his own ensemble in (1956).
1960 – Wrote "Summer Set" hit the British charts and it began a run of eleven top 50 hit singles.
1962 – He wrote "Stranger on the Shore" for a British television serial series was backed by the Leon Young String Chorale amde a hit even on the American charts.
1976 – Wrote "Aria," which went to number five in England.
2000 – Bilk was reportedly semi-retired and started taking painting as his hobby.