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Acker Bilk 'fed up' with Stranger on the Shore

Clarinet player Acker Bilk is "fed up" with playing his most famous tune - Stranger on the Shore.

The 83-year-old jazz musician who lives in Pensford, Somerset, had a hit with it in the early 1960s and has played it regularly ever since.

His record was the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 and it made him an international star.

He said: "I'm fed up with playing it. It's all right but you do get fed up with it after 50 years."

Stranger on the Shore stayed in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks. It also reached number one in America.

The tune was an expanded version of a piece originally called Jenny, named after his daughter.

Sales of it took off after it was used as the signature tune for the BBC TV series Stranger on the Shore.

Mr Bilk, whose real name is Bernard Stanley Bilk, was made an MBE in 2001 for services to the music industry.

He was speaking about Stranger on the Shore ahead of the 50th anniversary of it topping the charts in the UK and America.

You can see a full interview with Acker Bilk on 'Inside Out West' which is being broadcast at 19:30 GMT on 13 February on BBC One in the West of England.

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