Where we were joined by two of Acker's old band, Ian Bateman and Enrico Thomasso
were the foremost names in the British Trad boom of the 50s and 60s. Trumpeter Kenny Ball formed his own band Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen in 1958 quickly scoring hits with tunes like Samantha and Midnight in Moscow. Chris Barber played trombone in various jazz outfits in the 50s and was mainly responsible for arranging the first UK tours of blues artists so spawning the British Rhythm and Blues scene of the 60s. Acker Bilk was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance – goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat – and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk's 1962 instrumental tune "Stranger on the Shore" became the UK's biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaked at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist.