Born Bernard Stanley Bilk
, in Pensford, Somerset, in 1929, he changed his name to Acker - Somerset slang for mate - after learning to play the clarinet in the Army at the age of 18.
Known for performing in a garish waistcoat and bowler hat, Bilk
was the first UK act to top the US charts in the 1960s.
Stranger on the Shore stayed in the charts for over a year following its release in 1961, winning Bilk
four gold discs.
Or, to give the bands their full titles: Mr Acker Bilk
and his Paramount Jazz Band, and The Big Chris Barber Band.
, famous for his track Stranger On The Shore, recorded in 1961, first learnt the clarinet while serving in the Royal Engineers, later joining Ken Colyer's jazz band in 1954.
Taru Sinclair of the jazz festival said: "We expected tickets to go quickly because it's rare people can see Acker Bilk
is a clarinetist, band leader and composer of traditional jazz - synonymous with his famous bowler hat and striped waistcoat - and brings his Paramount Jazz Band to the venue's Bradenstoke Hall, where there will be a Pimms reception before the concert.
They filed a counter lawsuit in the matter, claming the Blue Chip suit is the latest in a series of moves to bilk
the Hadars out of more money from the 1 E.
A recent cartoon in Barron's got it right: "Anyone can bilk
the 'have-nots,' "a bespectacled interviewer informs a young job applicant sitting across his desk, "we're looking for someone who can bilk
, who was made an MBE in the New Year Honours List of 2001, had previously overcome throat cancer.
Among the acts to headline were Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and veteran clarinetist Acker Bilk
who first found fame in 1962 with Stranger on the Shore, the UK's biggest-selling single that year.
The Three Bs - Kenny Ball, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk
at The Sage Gateshead I WAS surprised to see the Sage so full.
and Jacqui Dankworth are just two of the big names already in the bag for this year's Marsden Jazz Festival.
But you can bet the conditions that allowed Sillen to bilk
the public have not been changed.
THE Three Bs are actually Barber, Ball and Bilk
, that's Chris Barber, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk
, the three big names of British Trad Jazz and still blowing hard.