Rest in Peace, English Songwriter/Comedian/Monty Python Collaborator Neil Innes: 1944 – 2019


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Monday morning brought with it the sad news of the passing of Neil Innes, English writer/comedian/entertainer known for his bounty of collaborations with the comedy troupe Monty Python over the years. He was 75.

A message on Innes’ official website confirmed the news:

It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on 29th December 2019.

We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all.

He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain.

His wife Yvonne and their three sons  Miles, Luke and Barney and three grandchildren Max Issy and Zac give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all.

After years establishing himself in the burgeoning English entertainment scene of the 1960s, Innes began his work with Monty Python in the mid-70s, contributing to some of their albums and television performances, even writing songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, appearing in the film in a handful of small roles as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYFefppqEtE

Innes was also a key participant of the Rutles, a pastiche of the Beatles that he formed with Monty Python’s Eric Idle, touring and recording music for years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL6R0dKoqAQ

News of Innes’ passing prompted social media posts from his Python pals, among them Michael Palin:

Just heard the shocking news that Neil Innes has died. Neil was one of the best. A terrifically accomplished musician,…

Posted by Michael Palin on Monday, December 30, 2019

 

And John Cleese:

May Neil Innes rest in peace, and may his work remain an inspiration to many.


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