[Dixielandjazz] Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Thu Dec 8 09:29:10 PST 2005

Just about anything you would want to know about the Bonzos and  
related bands can be found at:

http://www.neilinnes.org/bonzo.htm  and
another link page http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/rob/bonzofaq.htm#03

Dave Richoux

On Dec 8, 2005, at 9:00 AM, Bill Gunter wrote:

> Listmates,
> Dingo invited those who could make to to a celebration of the Bonzo  
> Dog Doo-Dah Band.
> I wish I could make it.
> Years ago I truly enjoyed listening to the Bob Kerr Whoopie Band at  
> the Edinburgh Jazz Festival (I even rode on a float with the band  
> in the big parade up Princess Street). They produced great music  
> and they were also among the most zany, wild, creative and funny  
> entertainers I had ever listened to.
> They, along with Spike Jones and others, had an influence on a band  
> I'm associated with (The Boondockers) - and I thank them for that.
> One of the things I recall about Bob Kerr was a bit where he jammed  
> the mouthpiece of his trumpet into the spout of a metal teapot and,  
> using the hinged lid as a sort of "wah-wah" mute, he played a very  
> credible blues solo. I've tried to convince some trumpet/cornet  
> players I've been associated with to try this bit of schtick but  
> without success.  Bob Romans, leader of the Cell Block 7, does a  
> similar sort of thing in the song "'Tain't No Sin" where he plays a  
> verse using just his mouthpiece and blowing it into his cupped  
> hand. I bought Bob a little metal teapot to try but to this date he  
> has not used it . . . coward!
> Anyway, when I read the band line-up for the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band  
> and saw Bob Kerr's name I knew something about that band even  
> though I haven't actually heard them.  I also think, but I'm not  
> sure, that Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell was also in the Whoopie  
> band. Perhaps some of the others but I don't recall their names  
> other than Bob Kerr.
> My best to them on their Celebration at the Astoria in January!
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill "Boondocker" Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
>> From: "Dingo" <roadie at btinternet.com>
>> To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
>> Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 16:15:17 -0000
>> For those listmates who might be interested and close enough:
>> 28th January, 2006
>> A celebration of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
>> will take place at the Astoria Theatre
>> Charing Cross Road, London.
>> With original members:
>> Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear,
>> Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, Legs Larry,
>> Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell, Bob Kerr
>> Plus Neil Innes and his Band.
>> The show is being filmed for EMI
>> If you want to be part of this 1 off show - book now
>> Tickets can be got from:
>> 0870 060 3777
>> or www.meanfiddler.com
>> ~
>> John D
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