Vivian Stanshall

Genres: Comedy
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Victor Anthony Stanshall, 21 March 1943, Shillingford, Oxfordshire, England, d. 5 March 1995, Muswell Hill, London, England. Stanshall was evacuated with his mother to Shillingford in Oxfordshire soon after his birth, but following the end of the war the family relocated to Walthamstow and then Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Stanshall’s love of pre-war ephemera, traditional jazz and an art school prankishness was instrumental in shaping the original tenor of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. This satirical unit was one of the most humorous and inventive bands to emerge from the 60s, but fell foul of the eclectic pursuits of its divergent members. Stanshall’s first offering following the Bonzo’s collapse was ‘Labio-Dental Fricative’, a single credited to the Sean Head Showband, an impromptu unit which included guitarist Eric Clapton. A second release, a brazenly tongue-in-cheek rendition of Terry Stafford’s ‘Suspicion’, featured Vivian...

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