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Bernard Stanley Bilk (Acker Bilk)

Born: 1929 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Clarenetist


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.





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