Neil Innes, famed Monty Python musical contributor, has died at age 75

Remember the whistling bit in “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life?” Neil Innes. Or some of the great songs sung by Eric Idle throughout the Pythons’ career? Again, Neil Innes. And what about the Beatles spoof project, The Rutles. More Neil Innes. He was Ron Nasty.

Another fact: He was in the satirical 60s group, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and wrote this song. And yes, this is where today’s band got their name.

And one more: Innes was given a writing credit on the Oasis song “Whatever” because it infringed on his song, “How Sweet to be an Idiot.”

He was the honorary “seventh Python” for decades. He was a friend of The Beatles. He worked as a children’s entertainer. But over the weekend, he died suddenly of natural causes at the age of 75. The announcement came from his wife of 50 years.

More at The Daily Mail.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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