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Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, in Pensford, Somerset, in 1929, he changed his name to Acker - Somerset slang for mate - after learning to play the clarinet in the Army at the age of 18.
Stranger on the Shore stayed in the charts for over a year following its release in 1961, winning Bilk four gold discs.
Known for performing in a garish waistcoat and bowler hat, Bilk was the first UK act to top the US charts in the 1960s.
Or, to give the bands their full titles: Mr Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, and The Big Chris Barber Band.
Acker Bilk, famous for his track Stranger On The Shore, recorded in 1961, first learnt the clarinet while serving in the Royal Engineers, later joining Ken Colyer's jazz band in 1954.
Taru Sinclair of the jazz festival said: "We expected tickets to go quickly because it's rare people can see Acker Bilk live.
Bilk is a clarinetist, band leader and composer of traditional jazz - synonymous with his famous bowler hat and striped waistcoat - and brings his Paramount Jazz Band to the venue's Bradenstoke Hall, where there will be a Pimms reception before the concert.
Investors have filed a class action lawsuit accusing the Bank of Bermuda's Cayman Islands branch of aiding an alleged pyramid scheme to bilk them of more than US$300 million, reports CANA-Reuters (September 6, 2000).
A recent cartoon in Barron's got it right: "Anyone can bilk the 'have-nots,' "a bespectacled interviewer informs a young job applicant sitting across his desk, "we're looking for someone who can bilk the 'haves.
Bilk, who was made an MBE in the New Year Honours List of 2001, had previously overcome throat cancer.
Among the acts to headline were Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and veteran clarinetist Acker Bilk who first found fame in 1962 with Stranger on the Shore, the UK's biggest-selling single that year.
Chris Barber and Acker Bilk will be leading their respective bands until the day when they're no longer able.