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Jazz singer and clarinettist Acker Bilk has died at the age of 85
The musician, known for performing in a garish waistcoat and bowler hat, was the first UK act to top the US charts in the 1960s.
English clarinettist and vocalist, billed as Mr. Acker Bilk on many of his recordings. He is known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the second No. 1 single in the United States by an English artist in the era of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.