Recorded live in Frankfurt, Germany, by Ron Hitchcock, 1966. Just a handfull of CD's remain.
The Frankfurt Concert - 65
2. Train Number One Done Gone
4. A Taste Of Honey
5. Bula Two
7. After You’ve Gone
8. St. James Infirmary Blues
9. Stranger On The Shore
10. In A Persian Market
11. Musical Signature
The Paramount Jazz Band
Mr. Acker Bilk - Band leader, clarinet, vocal (January 28, 1929 – November 2, 2014) RIP
Ron McKay - Drums, vocal
Tucker Finlayson - Bass
Stan Greig - Piano
Tony Pitt - Guitar
John Mortimer - Trombone
Colin Smith - Trumpet
Born in Pensford in Somerset, Bilk tried a number of different careers before borrowing a clarinet and copying recordings of famous jazz musicians while in the Army.
He formed his first band in Bristol after his demobilization.
Known for his goatee, bowler hat and fancy waistcoat, Bilk was awarded an MBE in 2001 for services to the music industry.
He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000 but recovered and continued to play concerts, the last of which was at the Brecon Festival in 2013.
Bilk told the BBC in a 2012 interview that when he wrote his biggest hit Stranger on the Shore, he did not immediately release it.
The instrumental made him the first artist to have a simultaneous chart-topping hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
"I didn't think it was much different from any of the rest of it," he said. "It was just a thing that came out of my head, that's all. I didn't sort of work on it or do much at all with it."
Besides Stranger on the Shore, Bilk also had hits with tunes such as Summer Set and Buona Sera.
He sold millions of records and won an Ivor Novello award.
Please visit iTunes.com for sampling and immediate download.
Also visit Acker's website here.