Acker Bilk bows out gracefully

Acker Bilk bows out gracefully
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Acker Bilk has finally hung up his bowler hat, packed up his clarinet, and informed his fans that he's putting his health first from now on. He took up the clarinet during his national service, but now it's time for Acker to take a well-earned rest.

After more than 60 years in the music business, the 85 year old has acheived plenty - including becoming the first British male to secure a number 1 in the American Billboard charts. His UK number 1, Stranger on The Shore, will surely be remembered for years to come...

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