Initially created for a short sketch in Idle’s UK television comedy series Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles gained international fame after being the focus of the 1978 mockumentary television film, All You Need Is Cash (often referred to as just The Rutles).
The band that recorded the actual music was slightly different to the band that appeared on camera, as Idle did not take part in the recording process. On the soundtrack release of the music from All You Need Is Cash, The Rutles were officially:
Neil Innes: guitar, keyboards, vocals. Innes sang the John Lennon-inspired songs.
Ollie Halsall: guitar, keyboards, vocals. Halsall sang the Paul McCartney-inspired songs.
Stig O’Hara (styled after George Harrison) — played by Rikki Fataar: guitar, bass, sitar, tabla, vocals. Fataar sang the George Harrison-inspired songs.
John Halsey: percussion, vocals. Halsey sang the Ringo Starr- inspired songs.
Andy Brown: bass