Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk

Original Name Bernard Stanley Bilk
Birth
Pensford, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Death 2 Nov 2014 (aged 85)
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Burial Publow, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Plot South of entrance gate
Memorial ID 138227336 · View Source
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Musician. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he took the name Acker from the Somerset slang for mate. He lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledding accident, which he claimed affected his playing style. He did his three years national service with the Royal Engineers, where he first was given a clarinet. He became well known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and distinctive clarinet playing. The instrumental "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in USA.

Bio by: Daff


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Daff
  • Added: 2 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138227336
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Acker Bilk (28 Jan 1929–2 Nov 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138227336, citing All Saints Churchyard, Publow, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .