Vivian Stanshall

Victor Anthony Stanshall

Also known as Stanshall, U. Stanshall, V Stanshall, V. Stanshall, V.A. Stanshall, Viv, Viv Stanshall, Vivian Standshall

Profile of the performer Vivian Stanshall: Vivian Stanshall was born on 21 March 1943 in Shillingford, Oxfordshire. First rising to fame as an integral member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in the late 1960s, Stanshall embarked on an idiosyncratic solo career when the Bonzos split up in 1970, astonishing in its variety and fertility but also broken up by long periods of inactivity as a consequence of his problems with alcoholism and depression.



Perhaps his most famous creation was the saga of Rawlinson End, sprawling spoken-word pieces interspersed with original songs. The stories began with a relatively short track on the final Bonzo Dog Band album ‘Let’s Make Up and Be Friendly’ but grew into 20-minute pieces on the John Peel Show on Radio 1, and resultant albums, from 1975 onwards. Depicting a world of English aristocracy that was part P.G. Wodehouse, part Mervyn Peake, they were a showcase for Stanshall’s intricate wordplay and surreal imagination, along with his mellifluous and elastic voice.



Although Stanshall could be notoriously erratic and difficult to work with, he was involved in a number of collaborations with such artists as Robert Calvert, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon and Steve Winwood, and also created two solo albums notable for their varied musical styles and lyrics full of his perennial loves of rhyming slang, absurdist puns and tongue-twisters.



After a period of creative resurgence in the late 1980s that saw a number of Rawlinson End sessions for John Peel and a West End staging of his musical play ‘Stinkfoot’ (partly financed by Stephen Fry and Peter Gabriel), Stanshall’s drinking worsened in the 1990s and he perished in a fire at his flat in London on 5 March 1995, probably caused by an overturned lamp as he slept.



He left behind him a small but rich legacy of comic and musical originality, belying his popular image as simply the man who announced the instruments on ‘Tubular Bells’.

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1 Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Rawlinson End Sir Henry At Rawlinson End 15 mp3, CD 1995-00-00 Virgin Chattering Classics
2 Vivian Stanshall - Terry Keeps His Clips On Terry Keeps His Clips On 2 mp3, CD 1980-09-00 Charisma
3 Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Rawlinson End Sir Henry At Rawlinson End 15 mp3, CD 1978-00-00 Charisma
4 Vivian Stanshall - Teddy Boys Don't Knit Teddy Boys Don't Knit 16 mp3, CD Charisma
5 Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal 3 mp3, CD 1984
6 Vivian Stanshall - Teddy Boys Don't Knit Teddy Boys Don't Knit 18 mp3, CD 1981 Charisma
7 Lakonga 2 mp3, CD 1974 Warner Bros. Records
8 Vivian Stanshall - Calypso To Colapso Calypso To Colapso 2 mp3, CD 1981 Charisma
9 The Young Ones 3 mp3, CD 1976-11-00 Harvest
10 Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead 12 mp3, CD 2010-08-09 Harkit Records
11 Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal 2 mp3, CD 1984 Demon Verbals
12 Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal 3 mp3, CD 1999 Edsel Records
13 Vivian Stanshall - Suspicion Suspicion 2 mp3, CD 1970-12-11 Fly Records (3)
14 Labio-Dental-Fricative 2 mp3, CD 1970 Liberty
15 Vivian Stanshall - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead 10 mp3, CD 2012 Poppydisc
16 Vivian Stanshall - Labio-Dental Fricative Labio-Dental Fricative 2 mp3, CD Liberty
17 Vivian Stanshall - Labio-Dental Fricative Labio-Dental Fricative 2 mp3, CD Liberty
18 Teddy Boys Don't Knit 18 mp3, CD 1981 Charisma
19 Vivian Stanshall - Labio-Dental Fricative Labio-Dental Fricative 2 mp3, CD Liberty
20 Vivian Stanshall - The Young Ones The Young Ones 3 mp3, CD 1976-11-00 Harvest
21 Vivian Stanshall - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead 10 mp3, CD 1974 Warner Bros. Records
22 Vivian Stanshall - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead 10 mp3, CD 2012 Poppydisc
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