Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

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Arguably the funniest band in the history of music, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was the brainchild of the eclectic Viv Stanshall. Part jazz band, part psychedelic rockers, the Bonzos came to the attention of the British nation on a children's television programme, Do Not Adjust Your Set. They were originally called The Bonzo Dog Dada Band.

They changed their style of music from jazz to rock in order to counter claims that they were beginning to sound like the Temperance Seven; a former member, Bob Kerr went on to create a band Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band which combined the lunacy of early Bonzo music with music which did in fact have a great deal in common with the Temperance Seven.

They appeared on a childrens TV series Do not adjust your set, notable for having several future members of Monty Pythons Flying Circus as the cast.

They had a minor hit single in 1967 with I'm an Urban Spaceman which was produced by Paul McCartney. The song Death Cab for Cutie appears in The Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour.

The band appeared at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival.

Their line-up varied, sometimes on a weekly basis and a list (although incomplete) of members is: Vivian Stanshall, `Happy' Wally Wilks, Tom Parkinson, Chris Jennings, Claude Abbo, Trevor Brown, Tom Hedge, Rodney Slater, Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons (Martin Ash), Leon Williams, John Parry, Raymond Lewitt, Big Sid (Sydney Nicholls), `Legs' Larry Smith, Jim Strobes (James Chambers), Bob Kerr, Dave Clague, Joel Druckman, `Borneo' Fred Munt, Chalky Chalkey, Dennis Cowan, Aynsley Dunbar, Jim Capaldi, Anthony `Bubs' White, Andy Roberts, Dave Richards, Dick Parry, Hughie Flint, Glen Colson.

Records:

  • Gorilla
  • The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse
  • Tadpoles
  • Keynsham
  • The Peel Sessions
  • Let's make up and be friendly

See also: The Alberts