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Sixteen popular tunes (including "Hey Jude," "Ramblin' Rose, " "We've Only Just Begun, " "The Rose, " and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco") are given soothing, pleasant arrangements by the famous clarinetist on this disc.


Born: January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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