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Acker Bilk

I was sad to hear that Acker Bilk had passed away. Known for his bowler hat, striped waistcoat and goatee beard, he had a huge hit both sides of the Atlantic  with Stranger on the Shore. Indirectly he was responsible for one of the funniest put downs I have heard. I asked a musician friend if x was a talented clarinettist. “Well …” my friend replied, “when he plays Stranger on the Shore, the tide goes out.”

For a rendition of the song by the accomplished clarinettist follow this link –  YOUTUBE

 

About Michael Stuart

After university, Michael spent twelve years working for MELODY MAKER before going freelance. He claims to keep doing it because it is all he knows. More Posts