Neil Innes began his musical career with the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band while still an art student at Goldsmiths College School of Art, University of London. His early hit I'm the Urban Spaceman produced by Apollo C. Vermouth (aka Paul McCartney) topped the UK charts in 1968.
The Bonzos also featured in the innovative children's TV series, Do Not Adjust Your Set, with Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, David Jason and Denise Coffey. Neil later joined forces with Monty Python on albums, films and concert tours.
Then came Rutland Weekend Television with Eric Idle and The Rutles and Saturday Night Live's parody of the Beatles story, All You Need Is Cash. This starred Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Paul Simon. Neil wrote and produced all the songs and the album was nominated for a Grammy.
In 1979, the first of 3 TV series The Innes Book of Records was broadcast by BBC 2.
Since then, Neil has presented a wide variety of children's television programmes, including the award-winning Book Tower and Puddle Lane, plus scripts and voices for the Raggy Dolls which ran to over 100 episodes.
In 1992 he wrote a self-help book entitled Gloom, Doom and Very Funny Money economics for half-wits. He wrote and released a new Rutles album, Archaeology in 1996. A 13 part TV series on the English language Away With Words was aired in 1998 and 1999 (Anglia/Discovery).
In 2000 Neil returned to performing live with a one-man show Innes Own Words travelling around the UK as well as to New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the USA. He then released 3 CDs of retrospective material, Recollections, in 2001
His round America Tour in October and November 2004 saw his one-man show visiting virtually every state. This was followed by a Rutles UK tour with John Halsey-drums, Micky Simmonds- keyboards, Mark Griffiths-bass guitar, JJ Jones – percussion and Rutling Ken Thortonlead guitar.
A new CD 'Works in Progress' released in March 2005 featured all new songs.
In March he started a UK Tour with JJ Jones – drums and Tom Fry – double bass.
Neil will be appearing at The Arts Centre, Swindon (01793 614837) on 3 October.