Innes, who had continued to plot dwell until recently, died Sunday night of natural causes; his wife Yvonne told The New York Times the comic suffered a heart attack. Moreover to his wife, he’s survived by three sons and three grandchildren.
“It is with deep sorrow and immense disappointment that we want to screech the death of Neil James Innes on December 29, 2019,” Innes’ family acknowledged in an announcement. “Now we rating misplaced a chic, kind, soft soul whose song and songs touched the heart of all people and whose mind and gape for fact impressed us all. He died of natural causes mercurial without note and, I judge, without distress.”
Born in 1944, Innes began his musical occupation playing piano and guitar for the eccentric neighborhood the Bonzo Canine Doo Dah Band within the 1960s and penned their sole hit song, “I’m the City Spaceman.” He went on to work carefully with Monty Python at some stage within the 1970s, coming to be regarded as an honorary member of the six-man troupe. Innes contributed song to the Pythons’ TV sequence, albums, stage shows, and motion photos (at the side of the authentic songs in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and besides wrote and performed in sketches with the neighborhood.
Innes later co-created the Rutles with Python member Eric Lazy. The so-known as “Prefab Four” first seemed on British television, occurring to tour and unlock just a few albums, as smartly because the mockumentary film All You Need Is Money. Innes played John Lennon spoof “Ron Unfriendly” as smartly as to penning the band’s songs. (By the design, Innes had earlier seemed within the Beatles’ film Magical Thriller Tour, and Paul McCartney produced “I’m the City Spaceman” below an alias.)
Many celebrities posted tributes to Innes on social media, at the side of outmoded Monty Python member John Cleese, who wrote, “Utterly dismayed to listen to about Neil Innes… A extraordinarily sweet man, powerful too nice for his contain correct. Heavenly author and performer.”
Assorted tributes integrated these of director Edgar Wright and actor Stephen Fry, who each highlighted Innes’ work with the Bonzo Canine Doo Dah Band, and Harry Shearer, no stranger to parodic song groups himself as a outmoded member of comedy rock band Spinal Tap.
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