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Billed as Mr Acker Bilk, he became a chart regular during 1960 with tunes such as Summer Set and Buona Sera but when Stranger On The Shore was released in 1961 he soared to new heights.
Bilk later had eight keyhole operations for bladder cancer.
I suppose the only difference between Bilk and Barber and the Buena Vistas is that the Brits haven't had to resort to shoe-shine stands in the bleaker days.
Despite this, the lovely people in LBT box office have been processing all the ticket requests by hand and we've still managed to sell out Acker Bilk.
His greatest hit was Stranger On The Shore and poet Ian McMillan tweeted: "Goodbye Acker Bilk, creator of one of the great earworms.
Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band performing at Brecon Jazz
Acker Bilk, aged 83, has always represented the mainstream end of trad, perhaps due to his populist chart success (although similar hit parade action didn't curtail Barber's progress).
The Three Bs - Kenny Ball, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk at The Sage Gateshead I WAS surprised to see the Sage so full.
ACKER Bilk and Jacqui Dankworth are just two of the big names already in the bag for this year's Marsden Jazz Festival.
But you can bet the conditions that allowed Sillen to bilk the public have not been changed.
THE Three Bs are actually Barber, Ball and Bilk, that's Chris Barber, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, the three big names of British Trad Jazz and still blowing hard.
JAZZ legend Acker Bilk will return to the stage next month after being told he is beating throat cancer.
Some may bilk their own clients, like their unsophisticated fore-bears, but most now concentrate on fleecing taxpayers (the wage-earning sort), duping Congress, and ambushing their competitors' clients.
JAZZ legend Acker Bilk has announced his retirement from public performing after more than 60 years in the music business.
Topping the bill tonight is Anthony Strong who will be following in the footsteps of all-time greats like Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk.
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