Vivian Stanshall (Victor Anthony Stanshall)
BiographyWalthamstow, London, England, UK
Lead singer of underground art school comedy/jazz band (with Neil Innes), The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Viv soon became known as one of Britain's foremost eccentrics. A Cockney by birth, Viv was characterised by his almost aristocratic English accent which he would punctuate with very out-of-place belches and obscenities. By the late 60s, Viv had changed from the dapper, witty eccentric of his youth to a cynical, almost hollow-eyed wreck - often seen in a state of advanced alcoholism, with a shaved head, knotted beard and trademark octagonal glasses. Read more... first appeared on a Bonzos LP, a later became a radio series and finally a movie. Eerily, the real Sir Henry Rawlinson, of whom Viv was unaware, died exactly 100 years to the day before Viv.