In 2014, the UK’s Co-Operative Funeralcare funeral home chain published a ranking of the most popular songs played at their homes, based on over 30,000 funerals. The third most popular tune was the hymn “Abide With Me.” Second most popular was “The Lord is My Shepherd.” In first place? Monty Python’s “(Always) Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which first appeared in the comedy troupe’s classic film Life of Brian.
That song’s composer, Python’s Eric Idle, turns 73 today. Here are some career highlights:
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