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Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk -- or Mr. Acker Bilk, as he was billed -- has won immortality on rock oldies radio for his surprise 1962 hit "Stranger on the Shore," an evocative ballad featuring his heavily quavering low-register clarinet over a bank of strings. To the jazz world, though, he has a longer-running track record as one of the biggest stars of Britain's trad jazz boom, playing in a distinctive early New Orleans manner. After learning his instrument in the British Army, Bilk joined Ken Colyer's trad band in 1954 before stepping out on his own in 1956. By 1960, a record of his, "Summer Set" -- a pun on the name of his home county -- landed on the British pop charts, and Bilk was on his way, clad in the Edwardian clothing and bowler hats that his publicist told his Paramount Jazz Band to wear. Several other British hits followed, but none bigger than "Stranger," which Bilk wrote for his daughter Jenny. The single stayed 55 weeks on the British charts and crossed the sea to America, where it hit number one in an era when radio was open to oddball records of all idioms (Bilk gratefully called "Stranger" "my old-age pension"). Released on English Columbia in Britain, several Bilk albums came out in America on the Atco label, and he continued to have hits until the British rock invasion of 1964 made trad seem quaint. With that, Bilk moved into cabaret and continued to have some success in Europe, leading jazz bands, recording with lush string ensembles, and even scoring another hit, "Aria" (number five in Britain), in 1976. Continuing to perform through the 2000s, Bilk slackened his pace so that he could pursue, like Miles Davis, a hobby of painting. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Incomparable

1. Arthur's Theme

2. Do That To Me One More Time

3. This Masquerade

4. Stuck On You

5. If Ever You're In My Arms Again

6. Could I Have This Dance

8. Three Times A Lady

10. I Want To Know What Love Is

11. I Just Called To Say I Love You

12. Longfellow Serenade

13. Truly

14. One Hundred Ways

15. Still

16. Always On My Mind

17. Memory

18. Ships

19. Hello

20. Just Once

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Track List: Pine of the Lonesome Trail

1. Pine of the Lonesome Trail

2. Glad Rag Doll

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Track List: Candle in the Wind

Disc 1

1. Unchained Melody

2. Traces of Dreams / Wind Beneath My Wings

3. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

4. Close to You

5. Love Story

6. Over the Rainbow

7. Disney Girls

8. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

9. Up Where We Belong

10. Don't Wanna Lose You

11. Cuts Both Ways

12. When I Fall in Love

13. I'm Not in Love

14. Lady in Red

15. Sacrifice

16. My Love

Disc 2

1. Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

2. Love Changes Everything

3. Another Day in Paradise

4. A Groovy Kind of Love

5. If Leaving Me Is Easy

6. Take My Breath Away

7. Candle in the Wind

8. I've Got You Under My Skin

9. Every Time We Say Goodbye

10. Crazy for You

11. Heartbeats

12. Right Here Waiting

13. The Best of Me

14. Walk on By

15. Room in Your Heart

16. It Might as Well Be Spring

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Track List: That's My Home

1. That's My Home (1970)

2. China Boy

3. Nagasaki

4. Maryland March

5. Creole Jazz

6. Jazz Me Blues

7. Savoy Blues

8. New Orleans Stomp

9. Buona Sera (1970)

10. South

11. Lazy River

12. Milenberg Joys

13. Original Dixieland One-Step

14. Black Label Blues

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Track List: Vintage Acker Bilk

Disc 1

1. All The Girls Go Crazy

2. East Coast Trot

3. Franklin Street Blues

4. Over The Rainbow

5. Salutation March

6. Travelling Blues

7. Breeze

8. The Old Rugged Cross

9. Bye And Bye

10. Dauphine Street Blues

11. Trouble In Mind

12. Corrine, Corrina

13. Over In The Gloryland

14. Gladiolus Rag

15. Goodnight Sweet Prince

16. Careless Love

17. St. Louis Blues

18. St. Philip's Street Breakdown

19. Our Monday Date

20. Darkness On The Delta

21. King Joe

Disc 2

1. Dippermouth Blues

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Louisian-I-Ay

4. High Society

5. Snag It

6. Sing On

7. Baby Doll

8. Redwing

9. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

10. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

11. We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City

12. Postman's Lament

13. Savoy Blues

14. Shine

15. I've Found A New Baby

16. Sweetie Dear

17. Climax Rag

18. Delia's Gone

19. Audientor March

20. Carry Me Back

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Track List: The Gold Collection

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Send In The Clowns

3. Aria

4. The Fool On The Hill

5. Feelings

6. The Shepherd Song

7. Sailing

8. Themes From Snow Goose

9. The Night That Made Me Forget

10. Red Haired Girl

11. August Evening

12. Fond Memories

13. Windmills Of Your Mind

14. Theme From Swan Lake

15. Just For You

16. Birchtree Road

17. Autumn Evening

18. Goodbye

19. Missing You

20. Homecoming

21. You Won't See A Tear

22. Western Farm

23. Dusk

24. Windharp

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Track List: Forever Classics

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Bridge Over Troubled Water

3. Yesterday

4. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

5. When I Fall In Love

6. Nights In White Satin

7. Unchained Melody

8. Buona Sera

9. Aria

10. A Taste Of Honey

11. A Rainy Night In Georgia

12. Love Story

13. Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

14. You've Got A Friend

15. Summer Set

16. Candle In The Wind

17. Lonely

18. Take My Breath Away

19. A Groovy Kind Of Love

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Track List: Stranger On The Shore

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Summer Set

3. Aria

4. Buona Sera

5. That's My Home

6. Lonely

7. A Rainy Night In Georgia

8. A Taste Of Honey

9. You've Got A Friend

10. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

11. Yesterday

12. Nights In White Satin

13. White Cliffs Of Dover

14. Lay Lady Lay

15. Bridge Over Troubled Waters

16. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

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Track List: The Fabulous Mr. Acker Bilk

Disc 1

1. Wolverine Blues

2. I'm An Old Cowhand

3. Marching Through Georgia

4. Stranger On The Shore

5. Under The Double Eagle

6. There'll Be Some Changes Made

7. Norwegian Wood

8. Blaze Away

9. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You

10. Hiawatha Rag

11. Aria

13. Bloodshot Eyes

14. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

15. Honeysuckle Rose

16. Georgia On My Mind

17. Sometimes I'm Happy

18. September In The Rain

19. Stompin' At The Savoy

20. Travellin' On

Disc 2

1. Dardanella

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. Gladiolus Rag

4. Nature Boy

5. South Rampart Street Parade

6. Slab's Blues

7. Jump In The Line

8. Misty

9. Times A-Wastin'

10. Boodle-Am-Shake

11. Mama Told Me So

12. Delia's Gone

13. What A Wonderful World

15. Franklin Street Blues

16. My Journey To The Skies

17. Burgundy Street Blues

18. Going Home

19. Liza (Open Up De Door)

20. Travellin' Blues

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Track List: At The Movies

1. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing

2. Over The Rainbow

3. Three Coins In A Fountain

4. Love Story (Where Do I Begin)

5. Lady In Red

6. All The Way

7. Can You Feel The Love Tonight

8. Hello Dolly

9. Unchained Melody

10. Up Where We Belong

11. You'll Never Know

12. When You Wish Upon A Star

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Track List: Clarinet Moods

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Summertime

3. Night And Day

4. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

5. Long Ago And Far Away

6. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

7. Body And Soul

8. Stardust

9. Embraceable You

10. I'll Get By

11. That Old Devil Called Love

12. Ole Buttermilk Sky

13. Pennies From Heaven

14. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

15. Try A Little Tenderness

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Track List: The Pye Jazz Anthology

Disc 1

1. Travelling Blues

2. Delia Gone

3. Gladiolus Rag

4. Willie The Weeper

5. Dardanella

6. Franklin Street Blues

7. Easter Parade

8. Marching Through Georgia

9. Blaze Away

10. Under The Double Eagle

11. C.R.E. March (Wings)

12. El Abanico

13. Higher Ground

14. Carry Me Back

15. Jump In The Line

16. Louisian-I-Ay

Disc 2

1. Wolverine Blues

2. Burgundy Street Blues

3. Rose Of The Rio Grande

4. I'm An Old Cowhand

5. South Rampart Street Parade

6. Sweet Georgia Brown

8. There'll Be Some Changes Made

10. Honeysuckle Rose

12. Bloodshot Eyes

13. Liza (Open Up De Door)

15. Mama Told Me So

16. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You

17. Times A-Wastin'

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Track List: Essential Acker Bilk

1. A Rainy Night In Georgia

2. Stranger On The Shore

3. A Taste Of Honey

4. Bridge Over Troubled Water

5. Nights In White Satin

6. White Cliffs Of Dover

7. Yesterday

8. Aria

9. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

10. Youv'e Got A Friend

12. That's My Home

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Track List: Stranger On the Shore: The Best of Acker Bilk

1. Stranger on the Shore

2. The Windmills of Your Mind

3. Cavatina

4. Magnificent Mog

5. If

6. Bilitis

7. Amazing Grace

8. For the Good Times

9. Lazy Serenade

10. The Shepherd's Song

11. When I Need You

12. Pescadores

13. Aria

14. As Time Goes By

15. Love Letters

16. Pachelbel Canon

17. Skylark

18. Autumn Leaves

19. Love Said Goodbye (Theme from 'The Godfather, Pt. 2')

20. The First of Spring

21. Colours of My Life

22. Clair

23. She's Leaving Home

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Track List: Feelings

Disc 1

2. Don't Cry For Me Argentina

4. Nature Boy

5. Amazing Grace

6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

7. What A Wonderful World

8. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

9. If You Go Away

10. This Guy's In Love With You

11. Here There And Everywhere

12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

13. Going Home

14. Makin' Whoopee

15. Misty

16. She

17. Aria

18. Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart

Disc 2

6. When I Need You

13. She's Leaving Home

Disc 3

5. Pescadores

9. Skylark

11. Love Said Goodbye (Theme From 'The Godfather, Pt. 2')

Disc 4

3. Magnificent Mog

15. Autumn Leaves

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Track List: Clarinet Moods (2016)

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Don't Cry For Me Argentina

3. Bridge Over Troubled Water

4. Nature Boy

5. Amazing Grace

6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

7. What A Wonderful World

8. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

9. If You Go Away

10. This Guy's In Love With You

11. Here There And Everywhere

12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

13. Going Home

14. Makin' Whoopee

15. Misty

16. She

17. Aria

18. Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart

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Track List: The Love Album

1. When I Fall In Love

2. A Groovy King Of Love

3. Velvet Nights

4. Could've Been

5. My Love

6. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

7. The Good Times Are Here

8. One Moment In Time

9. Till I Love You

10. Candle In The Wind

11. Tune For Melody

12. Take My Breath Away

13. Love Changes Everything

14. Sweet Crystal

15. Lady In Red

16. Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye

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Track List: In A Mellow Mood

1. Evergreen

2. Slip Slidin' Away

3. You're My Best Friend

4. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

5. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

6. Can't Smile Without You

7. Raining In My Heart

8. Just The Way You Are

9. Nobody Does It Better

10. The Way We Were

11. Talking In Your Sleep

12. I'll Put You Together Again

13. Forever Autumn

14. My Sweet Lord

15. Sweet Caroline

16. Too Much Heaven

17. Walk In Love

18. Song For Guy

19. Touch Me In The Morning

20. Didn't We

21. Goodnight Tonight

22. Sometimes When We Touch

23. September Song

24. Georgia On My Mind

25. Emotion

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Track List: The Best Of Acker Bilk

1. Stranger On The Shore

2. Feelings

7. Send In The Clowns

8. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

9. Windmills Of Your Mind

10. Just The Way You Are

11. Touch Me In The Morning

13. For The Good Times

15. Love Letters

16. Goodnight, Tonight

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The tears in my eyes burn
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A great song Hear I stand so all alone and blue just dreaming of you
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Just a closer walk with the PETE FOUNTAINO YEA
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Not bad not bad
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The reviewer is correct about how AM Radio pop music of the early 60's would embrace everything from Acker Bilk to surf music to the girl groups to rock and roll. It all sounded good and led the listeners to expand their tastes in music
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Gentle on the heart and soul.
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I became familiar with Acker in '62' Stranger on the shore..i believe that was his last hit and only hit in pop music radio...
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His vibrato playing is out of sight...what a talent!
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Mmmmmmm,,,Go o d !
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Pandora is by far the greatest and most awesome entertainmen t value on the internet.Kee p up the good work
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linda.rae301
His "stranger on the shore" my favorite of Ackerman Bilk.
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Loving Bik, but Pandora more! Thanks much
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This is actually Weary Blues. For some reason, Mr. Acker Bilk called it Travelling Blues when he performed it.
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THIS IS THE VERY ONE IMOST ENJOY TO RELAX AFTER WORK NOT JUST ONE SONG BUT ALL OF THEM !!
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Fine Happy Sounds.
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My soul basted on beautiful sounds.
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Thank you Pandora, unique sound loved as much the Beatles and Rolling Stones; still do.
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If you need to relax ,just listen to Acker Bilk,this man is a master at the clarinet
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VERY SOOTHING AND RELAXING AND REMINICE MUSIC
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The best vibrato I've ever heard!
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@SC me too, a mere lad of 13- "Stranger" is an all time classic
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I am so glad for Pandora radio because his music is unavailable in stores.
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He's a master of the licorice stick, I've known him since 1962,I was just a pup then of 12
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Certainly has the Clarinet mastered.
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tallplace
the sound so warm, the memories, thoughts of my youth come back as I listen the master clarinetist. . . . . .
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Bilk is the absolute master of the clarinet. His playing is noticeably richer, fuller and more effortless than anyone I've ever heard. He's the Buddy Rich of clarinet players.
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His music resonates in my soul.
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the best romasntic piece EVER , STRANGER ON THE SHORE !!!
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rmghera
Never heard of him till now. Would like to hear Stranger on the shore. Thanx
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Every once in a while an artist captures magic in a jar.
Stranger on the Shore is timeless and even a hard core rap lover is going be captivated by this perfect piece of music.
Enjoy it like fine wine or a forbidden dessert.

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