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Neil Innes


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Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944 in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in The Bonzo Dog Band and later The Rutles.

Neil has been reported in several articles on the internet to be the best comedic/satirical music writer and performer in at least the last 50 years. But not only is Neil Innes a comedy/parody musician, he has demonstrated a unparalleled talent for writing different styles of music while morphing his voice to fit the vocals. He also has the wonderful ability to interpret children’s stories for television along with accompanying music. He has even written a score to the movie “Erik the Viking.” He also has written many beautiful songs which are not attached to any undertaking except his own expression.

Neil Innes first gained recognition because of his work with The Bonzo Dog Band during the mid to late Sixties (he wrote their biggest hit, The Urban Spaceman).

Innes went on to collaborate with members of Monty Python and released several solo albums in the Seventies. In 1978, Innes and Eric Idle of Python created a Beatles spoof band, The Rutles, and filmed a mockumentary of the same name. Innes then became the star of a BBC television series, The Innes Book of Records which ran from 1979 to 1981.


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