The Rutles

Genres: Comedy Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": comedy parody rock the beatles humor pop british 70s classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s
Links online: BBC Music Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

The product of satirists Neil Innes (9 December 1944, Danbury, Essex, England) and Eric Idle (b. 29 March 1943, South Shields, Tyne And Wear, England), formerly of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the comedy team Monty Python’s Flying Circus respectively, the Rutles was an affectionate and perceptive parody of the Beatles’ career. The project is now rightly regarded, alongside This Is Spinal Tap, as one of rock’s most lasting parodies. The concept for the Rutles emerged from the duo’s Rutland Weekend Television BBC comedy series. Innes played Ron Nasty (Lennon), Idle played Dirk McQuickly (McCartney), while Rikki Fataar (b. Ricky Fataar, 9 May 1952, Durban, South Africa; ex-Beach Boys) and John Halsey (ex-Patto) completed the line-up as Stig O’Hara (Harrison) and Barry Wom (Starr) respectively. Ollie Halsall, who died in 1992, played the fourth member in the recording studio.

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