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The Number Ones: Mr. Acker Bilk’s “Stranger On The Shore”

114 days ago
StereogumIn The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.… more info

Greatest hits that end up like a broken record

1381 days ago
The TelegraphAcker Bilk wasn't the only artist who couldn't bear to play the track that made him famous, says Neil McCormick more info

Acker Bilk: five great songs

1382 days ago
The TelegraphAcker Bilk, who had a hit with Stranger on the Shore, has died aged 85 more info

Jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk dies aged 85

1382 days ago
The TelegraphThe singer is most famous for his 1961 hit Stranger on the Shore more info

Pop at the pictures: the Beatles sweep all before them in 1963

2087 days ago
Guardian MusicIn 1963, the Beatles became the biggest band in Britain. Here are some authentic slices of the hysteria that greeted their concerts, courtesy of the British Pathé newsreel archiveAlong with much of the mainstream British media, Pathé came to the Beat... more info

Tribute to Disc Stars - 1963 British Pathé video

2087 days ago
Guardian MusicPathé first caught up with the Beatles in October 1963 at the Savoy Hotel in London, where they were guests at a Variety Club bash, alongside the likes of Frank Ifield, Acker Bilk and Charlie Drake. Sgt Pepper seems a very long way distant more info

Stan Greig obituary

2092 days ago
Guardian MusicBrilliant blues pianist, drummer and founder of the London Jazz Big Band in 1975The jazz pianist – and occasional drummer – Stan Greig, who has died aged 82 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, performed with such leading lights of British t... more info

The Original Downtown Syncopators

2142 days ago
Guardian MusicFrom from the British Pathé newsreel archive, Jon Savage unearths footage of the hip young band who rode the trad jazz wave in 1962, inspired by the Original Dixieland Jazz BandReading this on mobile? Watch clip hereThis is a charming period piece, f... more info

From the Observer archive, 31 July 1960: Riot at the Beaulieu jazz festival

2209 days ago
Guardian MusicThe bucolic peace of Hampshire is shattered when fighting mars a set from Acker Bilk's bandThirty-nine people were hurt, three of them seriously when, as a BBC commentator said, "things got out of hand" at the Beaulieu jazz festival last night.The BB... more info

Mr. Acker Bilk Topped the Music World 50 Years Ago

2271 days ago
TopixDuring the American rock and roll era , several hundred British singles have topped the American charts but the very first was by a former traditional jazz artist who never had another top 40 hit in the U.S. Bernard Stanley Bilk was born January 28, ... more info

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