Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk songs and albums
Acker Bilk, MBE was born Bernard Stanley Bilk on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, and was an English clarinettist and vocalist. After Acker left school, he worked in a cigarette factory and then did three years of National Service where he learnt how to play clarinet. Acker formed his first band called the Bristol Paramount Jazz Band in 1951, and the band’s uniform of striped-waistcoats and bowler hats continued to be worn by Acker throughout his career. Acker Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune Stranger on the Shore reached Number 1 and was the UK's biggest selling single of 1962, and was the first Number 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the Billboard chart. Acker Bilk was awarded an MBE in 2001, and died in Bath, Somerset on November 2, 2014.
  • 0
    UK Number 1s
  • 5
    UK Top 10s
  • 10
    UK Top 40s
  • 12
    UK Top 75s
  • 0
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 31
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 151
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 172
    Weeks in Top 75
  • 1
    UK Number 1s
  • 6
    UK Top 10s
  • 12
    UK Top 40s
  • 12
    UK Top 75s
  • 2
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 58
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 151
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 163
    Weeks in Top 75
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
28.01.
1960
SUMMER SET
MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND
COLUMBIA DB4382
05 20 00
15.06.
1960
GOODNIGHT SWEET PRINCE
MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND
MELODISC MEL1547
50 01 00
24.08.
1960
WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER
MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND
COLUMBIA DB4492
30 09 00
14.12.
1960
BUONA SERA
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4544
07 18 00
19.07.
1961
THAT'S MY HOME
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4673
07 17 00
08.11.
1961
STARS AND STRIPES/CREOLE JAZZ
COLUMBIA SCD2155
22 10 00
06.12.
1961
STRANGER ON THE SHORE
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4750
02 55 00
21.03.
1962
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4795
42 02 00
01.08.
1962
GOTTA SEE BABY TONIGHT
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA SCD2176
24 09 00
03.10.
1962
LONELY
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4897
14 11 00
30.01.
1963
A TASTE OF HONEY
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA DB4949
16 09 00
21.08.
1976
ARIA
MR ACKER BILK
PYE 7N45607
05 11 00
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
19.03.
1960
7 AGES OF ACKER
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA 33SX1205
06 07 00
Buy
09.04.
1960
ACKER BILK'S OMNIBUS
MR ACKER BILK
PYE NJL22
14 04 00
Buy
04.03.
1961
ACKER
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA 33SX1248
17 01 00
01.04.
1961
GOLDEN TREASURY OF BILK
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA 33SX1304
11 06 00
Buy
27.05.
1961
BEST OF BARBER AND BILK VOLUME 1
CHRIS BARBER AND ACKER BILK
PYE GOLDEN GUINEA GGL0075
04 43 00
Buy
11.11.
1961
BEST OF BARBER AND BILK VOLUME 2
CHRIS BARBER AND ACKER BILK
PYE GOLDEN GUINEA GGL0096
08 18 00
Buy
26.05.
1962
STRANGER ON THE SHORE
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA 33SX1407
06 28 00
25.08.
1962
BEST OF BALL, BARBER AND BILK
KENNY BALL, CHRIS BARBER & ACKER BILK
PYE GOLDEN GUINEA GGL0131
01 24 02
04.05.
1963
A TASTE OF HONEY
MR ACKER BILK
COLUMBIA 33SX1493
17 04 00
09.10.
1976
THE ONE FOR ME
MR ACKER BILK
PYE NSPX41052
38 06 00
Buy
04.06.
1977
SHEER MAGIC
MR ACKER BILK
WARWICK WW5028
05 08 00
11.11.
1978
EVERGREEN
MR ACKER BILK
WARWICK PW5045
17 14 00