The legendary jazz clarinettist and vocalist Acker Bilk died at the age of 85 this Sunday afternoon in London.
His death, announced by his impresario Pamela Sutton causes many reactions on social media.
Born as Bernard Stanley Bilk, he became an international star after his 1961 record Stranger on the Shore, composed for his daughter Jenny. The track stayed more than 50 weeks in the Charts. This made him the first artist having a simultaneous chart-topping hit in the United Kingdom and the United States. For the record, the song was taken on the Apollo 10 lunar mission of 1969, direction the moon!
In 2001, Acker Bilk won an MBE for his services to Jazz Music.
“At my age, either you’re dead or you’re 80. And given that choice, I’d definitely rather be 80.”
In 2009, he celebrated his 80th birthday with a concert in Hampshire.
He died after a short illness at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. The world is crying his loss.
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