Paying tribute, poet Ian McMillan last night said: "Goodbye Acker Bilk
, creator of one of the great earworms.
Known for his goatee, bowler hat and waistcoat, Bilk
was awarded an MBE in 2001.
DOUBLE BILL: Jazz legends Chris Barber and Acker Bilk
Next on stage was Acker Bilk
with his Paramount Jazz Band.
HEADLINER: Acker Bilk
heading for the Marsden Jazz Festival in October
, who was in the charts for a record-breaking 55 weeks with his classic instrumental Stranger On The Shore in 1961 and '62, plans to return to the stage on April 1 at the Clevedon Festival in his native Somerset.
He said: "Many years ago the National Trust staged a jazz event here for more than 10 years and all the jazz greats like Humphrey Lyttleton, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk
came here and performed.
A Studio City securities broker at a major firm pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to bilk
about 40 hedge fund investors of at least $2.
JAZZ legend Acker Bilk
will play with his Paramount Jazz Band in Llangollen next weekend.
JAZZ legends Acker Bilk
and Kenny Ball will be performing during a festival in a Welsh market town.
, pictured, will perform at Walsall Town Hall in Leicester Street on June 6.
He joins Acker Bilk
, whose Stranger on the Shore represents jazz for millions of people who might otherwise be complete strangers to the music.
Bandleaders Chris Barber, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk
first appeared together on the same bill in 1985 and they have been doing it regularly ever since.
STRANGER On The Shore star Acker Bilk
has been diagnosed with cancer of the throat.
Between them is jazz giant Acker Bilk
, in the city for that year's festival.