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Uni honours musician Acker Bilk
Acker Bilk
His hit 'Stranger on the Shore' was in the charts for 55 weeks
Clarinet player Acker Bilk has been made a Master of Arts by the University of Bristol.

The 76-year-old is best-known for his 1961 hit 'Stranger on the Shore', which spent 55 weeks in the UK singles chart.

Born Bernard Stanley Bilk in Pensford near Bath, he started playing the clarinet in 1948 in the Royal Engineers and formed his first band in Bristol.

He was made an MBE in 2001 for services to the music industry, after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000.

At this year's BBC Jazz Awards on 2 July, he was the recipient of the new Gold Award.

He is now living in Pensford, where he is also a painter. In recent years, he has recorded with his Paramount Jazz Band and two songs with Van Morrison.

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