Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Neil Innes (b. 9 December 1944, Danbury, Essex, England) and bass player Dennis Cowan formed the World in 1970 upon the break-up of their former unit, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Roger McKew (guitar) and Ian Wallace (drums) joined them in this short-lived act. Lucky Planet, although somewhat low-key, confirmed Innes’ grasp of pop melody, but the band’s potential did not have time to flourish. Cowan was concurrently involved in Vivian Stanshall’s solo recordings and in 1971 Innes opted to join McGuinness Flint, albeit briefly. Following this, and having completed outstanding Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band contractual obligations, he helped form Grimms before embarking on a solo career.
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