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Mr. Acker Bilk The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD)

The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD)
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Mr. Acker Bilk: The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD)

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  • Interpret: Mr. Acker Bilk

  • Album titlle: The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD)

  • Genre Jazz

  • Label MEMBRAN

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4011222328571

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Acker Bilk, Mr. - The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD) CD 1
01 St. Philip Street Breakdown Mr. Acker Bilk
02 Milenberg Joys Mr. Acker Bilk
03 Gettysburg March Mr. Acker Bilk
04 Gravier Street Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
05 Over In The Gloryland Mr. Acker Bilk
06 My Old Kentucky Home Mr. Acker Bilk
07 Dippermouth Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
08 Really The Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
09 Where The River Shannon Flows Mr. Acker Bilk
10 King Joe Mr. Acker Bilk
11 Postman's Lament Mr. Acker Bilk
12 Shine Mr. Acker Bilk
13 Tartan Socks Mr. Acker Bilk
14 Sing On Mr. Acker Bilk
15 Breeze Mr. Acker Bilk
16 Swing Low Sweet Chariot Mr. Acker Bilk
17 Red Wing Mr. Acker Bilk
18 Travelling Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
19 All The Girls Go Crazy Mr. Acker Bilk
20 Bye Bye Mr. Acker Bilk
Acker Bilk, Mr. - The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD) CD 2
01 East Coast Trot Mr. Acker Bilk
02 High Siciety Mr. Acker Bilk
03 Goodnight Sweet Prince Mr. Acker Bilk
04 Franklin Street Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
05 Gladiolous Rag Mr. Acker Bilk
06 LOU-I-SI-A-NAY Mr. Acker Bilk
07 Careless Love Mr. Acker Bilk
08 Darkness On The Delta Mr. Acker Bilk
09 Old Rugged Cross Mr. Acker Bilk
10 Over The Rainbow Mr. Acker Bilk
11 We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City Mr. Acker Bilk
12 Climax Rag Mr. Acker Bilk
13 St. Louis Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
14 Sweetie Dear Mr. Acker Bilk
15 Salutation March Mr. Acker Bilk
16 Savoy Blues Mr. Acker Bilk
17 A Monday Date Mr. Acker Bilk
18 Bei mir bist du schön Mr. Acker Bilk
19 Delia Gone Mr. Acker Bilk
20 Marching Through Georgia Mr. Acker Bilk
Mr. Acker Bilk If you want to make your mark in the music world, it is important to have an... more
"Mr. Acker Bilk"

Mr. Acker Bilk
If you want to make your mark in the music world, it is important to have an image, something that identifies you immediately to the general public. You may adjust, change or even drop your image as the years go by. but without it, you might not be known at all.

Acker Bilk's included the unusual name, the Somerset accent, the bowler hat and the striped waistcoat, and the billing itself, "Mr Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band". Several of his contemporaries — Terry Lightfoot, Mike Cotton, Bob Wallis. Alan Elsdon — did not have such strong trademarks and maybe their careers suffered as a result. One thing is certain: the public took Acker Bilk to their hearts and it wasn't just because he played good music.

Bernard Stanley Bilk was born in Pensford, Somerset on 28 January 1929. His father was a carpenter and church organist, and Acker played the piano and recorder ds a Child. 'He told me: "Everyone had nicknames in the village and I had mine before I went to school. 'Acker' was not just my nickname — there was Acker Withy and Acker Wilson. and it's like calling someone 'mate'. I don't know much about my surname but it's originally French, Bilque or something like. A French guy must have come to Wales, seduced a Welsh maid, promised to marry her, and she got lumbered with the family "

Like the pianists Russ Conway and Bill McGuffie. Acker Bilk is missing part of a finger. "Well, that was when I was 14. We used to hurtle down hills on toboggans when the snow was around. I hit a stone and it took my finger off. A whippet from the farm was sniffing around and he gulped it down, he didn't even chew it. I was chasing after the dog and I was going to say, 'Look, he's keeping my finger warm. Can you open him up?' My right hand is more fluid than my left but as I've never played the clarinet with my whole finger, I don't know the difference. I lost four front teeth when I was at school but I don't think that has had any effect. I hope no one has had his teeth out and finger lopped off to try and sound like me."

Acker planned to be a blacksmith, but his National Service changed that. "I was stuck in the desert for three years in Egypt after the War and we formed a little band. A guy in the tent had an E flat marching clarinet and I was fascinated by it. I drove people crazy trying to find new notes and more or less taught myself as the guy who had it couldn't play it. I may do it all wrong but as I can get the notes I want, it doesn't matter"

And Acker had plenty of time to practice. "We had to do 24 hour guard duty on a weekend, which was a long haul. I fell asleep in the guard room and I got caught and the major put me up for a court martial, really to make an example of me. Lots of other soldiers fell asleep on guard duty, I wasn't the only one, but I was given 84 days in the glass house, which UNDER THE DOU•LE EA was the Moasca Correction Camp. EWER PARADE When you get sentenced, you have to wait for confirmation from HO and they mislaid my papers and I had to wait a month in the guard room rather than in the nick. I had the   clarinet and I was given king beer through the hatch. I had a marvellous time practising until I went to the MCC." ...

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Tracklist
Acker Bilk, Mr. - The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD) CD 1
01 St. Philip Street Breakdown
02 Milenberg Joys
03 Gettysburg March
04 Gravier Street Blues
05 Over In The Gloryland
06 My Old Kentucky Home
07 Dippermouth Blues
08 Really The Blues
09 Where The River Shannon Flows
10 King Joe
11 Postman's Lament
12 Shine
13 Tartan Socks
14 Sing On
15 Breeze
16 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
17 Red Wing
18 Travelling Blues
19 All The Girls Go Crazy
20 Bye Bye
Acker Bilk, Mr. - The Early Years 1954-58 (2-CD) CD 2
01 East Coast Trot
02 High Siciety
03 Goodnight Sweet Prince
04 Franklin Street Blues
05 Gladiolous Rag
06 LOU-I-SI-A-NAY
07 Careless Love
08 Darkness On The Delta
09 Old Rugged Cross
10 Over The Rainbow
11 We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City
12 Climax Rag
13 St. Louis Blues
14 Sweetie Dear
15 Salutation March
16 Savoy Blues
17 A Monday Date
18 Bei mir bist du schön
19 Delia Gone
20 Marching Through Georgia