Talk:Acker Bilk

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Death?[edit]

Do we have a source for Acker having died today, as is stated in the article - I can find no other mention of this in the British news media (and he's well enough known in Britain that I'd expect his death to have got a mention on the BBC news).AndyofKent (talk) 00:28, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Having just read the rules re biographies of living persons, I've removed the statement that he died on 13 Dec as I have been unable to verify it. His death has not been reported in the British news media or music media, or on his own website. Apologies if he has indeed died, but if so I'd have expected to encounter the info elsewhere.AndyofKent (talk) 02:12, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Recent performance[edit]

Well, I saw him last night at a 'party in the park' style performance at Matlock in Derbyshire, he certainly isn't dead and I thought he did remarkably well for 79! And he told some surprisingly good jokes. Doug Weller (talk) 06:25, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Still performing? The entry states that Bilk retired in 2000. However the Allmusic bio linked states - as does the above - that he continues to perform. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 114.73.99.220 (talk) 05:19, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Stranger on the Shore[edit]

This article says that it was written for the BBC programme, but the entry for Stranger on the Shore states that it was written for his daughter Jenny. Paul Magnussen (talk) 16:47, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

"Half a finger in a sledging accident"[edit]

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sledging according to wictionary sledging is to insult someone. i believe the correct word is sledding. Pga1965 (talk) 03:31, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

In British English it's not. Sledging is a perfectly acceptable word to describe the activity of travelling on a sledge. 86.131.101.243 (talk) 21:52, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Removed as "fluff", apparently. But I think it might at least deserve a footnote:
"In an interview with the Bristol Post in 2009, Bilk was asked if it was true that the end of the finger had been subsequently eaten by a dog? He replied, "That's what they always said. I don't know. I just ran off home with blood pouring out of me. They reckon it was a whippet".[1]" Martinevans123 (talk) 22:37, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Origin of the surname[edit]

The article has no details on family or ancestry. Does anyone know the country of origin of the surname? It's pronunciation was a real proble for Ameruicans, apparenty. Quite as few dictionaries define word as meaning "to cheat", but am not sure if this helps with its origin as a surname. Dr.O.Farr-Kinnel (talk) 09:36, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Ah, Dr.O. we meet again. Sorry to hear about your disciplinary problem. But still no suggestions after three years. This source gives a UK distribution [2], but not a single entry in Somerset, for some strange reason. Martinevans123 (talk) 22:19, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

"Borrowed"[edit]

Is "borrowed" in "He then borrowed a better instrument from the Army, which he kept with him on demobilisation" a euphemism? 86.132.223.111 (talk) 17:33, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Acker Bilk retires[edit]

With reference to the Acker Bilk section on Wiki, I can confirm that last night at the Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club, Chris Walker the co-leader of the Pedigree Jazz Band advised us that Acker Bilk has now officially retired. Chris will be speaking to Acker next week as part of a radio programme.
Regards,
Gary Saunders
81.174.166.66 (talk) 13:41, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Many thanks, but is there any WP:RS, i.e. publicly-available written source, for this? Otherwise it's just unconfirmed hearsay which cannot be used. Martinevans123 (talk) 13:54, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
On today's The Last Word, his drummer Ritchie Bryant said his last gig was in Brecon last year, when he performed from a wheelchair. He received two standing ovations. Martinevans123 (talk) 19:48, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Work with Van Morrison[edit]

Hi. The text says that AB played on Van M's Born to Sing: No Plan B; I followed the link to the WP article about that album, and AB isn't listed among the musicians. Which is right - the album page or the AB page? Regards to all. Notreallydavid (talk) 16:30, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

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