Acker Bilk

1929 - 2014

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Bernard Stanley Bilk, (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014), known professionally as Acker Bilk, was a British clarinettist and vocalist known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register 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 second No. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Acker Bilk has received more than 508,026 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Acker Bilk is the 1,147th most popular singer (down from 1,048th in 2019), the 3,329th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,985th in 2019) and the 129th most popular British Singer.

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  • 510k

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  • 58.76

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.35

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.85

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Acker Bilk ranks 1,147 out of 3,541Before him are Imogen Heap, Ilanit, Lee Hyori, Måns Zelmerlöw, Maher Zain, and Günther. After him are Chris Farlowe, Beth Carvalho, Kenan Doğulu, Mac Miller, Anna von Mildenburg, and Taos Amrouche.

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Among people born in 1929, Acker Bilk ranks 322Before him are James Shigeta, Elizabeth Roemer, Mithat Bayrak, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Zbigniew Messner, and Bonnie Bartlett. After him are Ignacio Velasco, Hal Blaine, Kiki Håkansson, Sergio Mantovani, Bazilio Olara-Okello, and Yuri Artsutanov. Among people deceased in 2014, Acker Bilk ranks 288Before him are James Brady, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Zbigniew Messner, Mary Anderson, Lorella De Luca, and Sandra Bem. After him are Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Henry Hartsfield, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jorge Romo, Étienne Mourrut, and Lucius Shepard.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Acker Bilk ranks 3,329 out of 6,924Before him are Imogen Heap (1977), Richard Bright (1789), Thomas Andrew Knight (1759), Ronnie Lane (1946), Roger Hargreaves (1935), and Vivian Fuchs (1908). After him are Chris Farlowe (1940), Mark Hughes (1963), Annie Kenney (1879), Brian Ferneyhough (1943), Sarah Kane (1971), and Beryl Markham (1902).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Acker Bilk ranks 129Before him are Emma Bunton (1976), Leo Sayer (1948), Sheena Easton (1959), Long John Baldry (1941), Siouxsie Sioux (1957), and Imogen Heap (1977). After him are Chris Farlowe (1940), Chris Lowe (1959), Peter Sinfield (1943), Lonnie Donegan (1931), Peter Murphy (1957), and M.I.A. (1975).