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1 - BILK, ACKER -& HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND- - THE CLASSIC YEARS, VOL. 2 - (CD) 
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Before Acker became a musician he worked at the Bristol Wills Tobacco factory for 1.4s a week, and also dabbled in a little boxing. He married his childhood sweetheart Jean. Then, in 1948 he started playing the clarinet and whilst in the Royal Engineers in the Canal Zone, he borrowed a military clarinet and began to copy records. He was sent to the glasshouse for sleeping on duty and endured with the boredom by practising. Demobbed, Acker formed his first band in Bristol, but soon moved to London to play with the Ken Colyer band. However, he hated London and moved back to Bristol and formed the Bristol Paramount Jazz Band. In 1951 the band played in London, and Acker and Jean had to survive living above a factory in Plaistow, until the band got their first big break - six weeks constant playing in a beer hall in Dusseldorf. This really disciplined the band, and they never really looked back. Hit Jazz records followed such as "Summer Set" and "Creole Jazz".Then, in 1961, Acker recorded "Stranger On The Shore". This was an international hit, and the first ever record to be No.1 in the UK and US at the same time, although there is a slight dispute over the UK charts as there were so many different charts. In 2002, the year of the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Official UK Charts, Acker was delighted when "Stranger On The Shore" was acclaimed No.58 in the charts since they began.He continued to perform until well into his 80s, although he reduced the number of live appearances to concentrate on one of his favourite hobbies, painting.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Gravier Street Blues 02. Shine 03. Darkness On The Delta 04. Swing Low Sweet Chariot 05. Frankie & Johnny 06. Postman's Lament 07. Stars And Stripes 08. El Albanico 09. Carry Me Back 10. Stranger On The Shore 11. Creole Jaz 12. That's My Home 13. Perdido Street Blues 14. Greensleeves 15. Buona Sera 16. Gettysburg March 17. Gospel Train 18. C.r.e. March 19. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It 20. East Coast Trot 21. Bye & Bye 22. My Old Kentucky Home DISC #2: 01. Over In Gloryland 02. Careless Love 03. All The Girls Go Crazy 04. St Philips Street Breakdown 05. King Joe 06. Under The Double Eagle 07. Blaze Away 08. Louisian-i-ay 09. Breeze 10. Higher Ground 11. Gotta See Baby Tonight 12. Jump In The Line 13. Goodnight Sweet Prince 14. Lullaby 15. Papa Diparmstrong 16. Maryland March 17. Lonely 18. Mean To Me 19. Go Tell It On The Mountain 20. Take My Lips 21. Stomp Off Let's Go 22. My Heart Belongs To Daddy


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 24-08-2015
Item # : 479038     
Availability: IN STOCK
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