According to the Internet source given below, Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk, MBE was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style, and distinctive appearance of goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat.
Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune Stranger on the Shore
became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
I attended many of his performances at ship's company dances and his various appearances in Portsmouth.
In my vinyl collection I have:
- Mr Acker Bilk, Hallmark Records HMA 216 -1959
- Attention: Mr Acker Bilk!, Fontana 6459 205
||Biography by wikipedia.org.