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Neil Innes: Monty Python songwriter dies aged 75

 
 
Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 09:15 am
From the BBC. Neil Innes was a leading member of the Bonzo Dog Band who were with pre Pythons in the ground breaking Do Not adjust Your Set.

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Neil Innes, the English writer, comedian and musician, has died aged 75.

He was best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles and collaborating with Monty Python.

A spokesman for the Innes family said he had not been suffering from any illness and had passed away unexpectedly on Sunday night.

Innes had been travelling home from France with his family, who have asked for privacy "at this difficult time".

"It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on 29 December 2019," they said in a statement.

"We have lost a beautiful, kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all.

"He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain."

It went on: "His wife Yvonne and their three sons, Miles, Luke and Barney, and three grandchildren, Max, Issy and Zac, give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all."

The Essex-born star, who was raised in Germany, performed piano, guitar and vocals in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - later renamed The Bonzo Dog Band - who had a hit in 1968 with I'm the Urban Spaceman. The track was co-produced by Apollo C. Vermouth - a pseudonym used by Sir Paul McCartney.

The comic songwriter penned the track Death Cab For Cutie, which was used in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, and nspired a US band of the same name.

In the 1990s he was given a writing credit on the Oasis track Whatever, after it was found Noel Gallagher had borrowed portions of his song How Sweet To Be An Idiot.

In the 1970s, Innes became closely associated with British comedy collective Monty Python and was affectionately known as "The Seventh Python", contributing songs and sketches, as well as appearing in their films like The Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

He wrote and performed sketches for their final TV series in 1974 after John Cleese temporarily left, and was one of only two non-Pythons to be credited as a writer, alongside The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

A film about Innes called The Seventh Python was made in 2008.

After the comedy group came to an end, Innes joined fellow Python's Eric Idle on a new series, Rutland Weekend Television, which gave birth to their spoof band The Rutles - a pastiche of The Beatles.

According to Innes's wife Yvonne, he toured with the Fab Four tribute act The Bootleg Beatles last year.


Nobody parodied The Beatles better.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50948921
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 09:55 am
@izzythepush,
More Rutles, this is their take on mystery tour.

jespah
 
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Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 09:58 am
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 09:58 am
@izzythepush,
This is the Bonzos in the original mystery tour. They are the only band other than the Beatles themselves to play on a Beatles film.

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glitterbag
 
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Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 11:09 am
@izzythepush,
It's always sad to see these talented people pass on....RIP
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 30 Dec, 2019 11:23 am
@glitterbag,
At least it sounds like he had a peaceful passing.

This is from the 2006 40th anniversary special.

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2020 09:28 am


izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2020 10:00 am
@bobsal u1553115,
The Bonzos were fantastic despite only having one hit record Urban Spaceman. Neil Innes went on to do the Innes Book of Records amongst other things.

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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2020 10:16 am
They were one of the few groups to be funny but smart and about the music, too.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jan, 2020 10:30 am
@bobsal u1553115,
The 40th anniversary concert attracted a host of special guests, notably comics Paul Merton, Ade Edmonson and Phil Jupitus.

You don't attract support like that by being mediocre. They were also very good jazz musicians.
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