British clarinetist and vocalist Acker Bilk was born on this day in 1929. He’s most famous for his distinctive appearance (bowler hat, goatee, and striped vest) and for his instrumental "Stranger On The Shore," which was a #1 hit in the US and peaked at #2 on the British charts, spending 50 weeks there in 1961 and 1962.
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I think Andy Williams sang this, and to me the lyrics didn’t do much for the song, I much prefer the original instrumental.
He had such great tone. Andy’s a great singer, maybe my favorite of that era, but Mr. Acker Bilk nailed it.
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He was also obsessive about being called “Mr.” (was a title of an album), and his real first name was mine. “Acker” is British slang of some kind…
It means “money.”
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