Vivian Stanshall (born Victor Anthony Stanshall; 21 March 1943 - 5 March 1995) was an English singer-songwriter, painter, musician, author, poet and wit, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his surreal exploration of the British upper classes in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, and for narrating Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Stanshall was born on 21 March 1943 at the Radcliffe Maternity Home in Shillingford, and christened Victor Anthony Stanshall. His mother Eileen lived with her young son while her husband, Victor (1909a__1990) (a name he had adopted in preference to his own christened name of Vivian), served in the RAF. Stanshall described this period as the happiest time of his life.
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