George Bruno "Zoot" Money (born 17 July 1942 in Bournemouth, Hampshire) is an English vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader. He is best known for his playing of the Hammond organ and association with his Big Roll Band. Inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, he was drawn to rock and roll music and became a leading light in the vibrant music scene of Bournemouth and Soho during the 1960s. He took his stage name 'Zoot' from Zoot Sims after seeing him in concert.
|Birth name||George Bruno Money|
17 July 1942 |
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
|Genres||R&B, soul, jazz|
|Labels||Columbia, Indigo, MPL|
|Associated acts||Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers,the Majic Mijits, the Electric Blues Company, Ruby Turner, Brian Friel, Humble Pie, Zoot Money Trio, Good Money, Widowmaker, the Hard Travelers, the British Blues Quintet|
Money has been associated with The Animals, Eric Burdon, Steve Marriott, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers, Humble Pie, Alexis Korner, Snowy White, Mick Taylor, Spencer Davis, Vivian Stanshall, Geno Washington, Brian Friel, the Hard Travelers, Widowmaker and Alan Price. He is also known as a bit part and character actor.
Big Roll Band and Dantalian's ChariotEdit
In early autumn 1961 Money formed the Big Roll Band with himself as vocalist, Roger Collis on lead guitar, pianist Al Kirtley (later of Trendsetters Limited), bassist Mike "Monty" Montgomery and drummer Johnny Hammond. Their first public performance was at Bournemouth's Downstairs Club. In 1962 drummer Pete Brookes replaced Hammond at the same time as bassist Johnny King replaced Montgomery and tenor sax player Kevin Drake joined the band. Kirtley left shortly afterwards, Money taking over on organ.
Under its later line-up of Money on organ and vocals, Andy Summers, who later became a member of The Police, on guitar, Nick Newall and Clive Burrows (and later Johnny Almond) on saxophones, Paul Williams on bass and occasional vocals, and Colin Allen on drums, the Big Roll Band played soul, jazz and R&B, moving with musical trends as the now established R&B movement moved into the Swinging Sixties and became associated with the burgeoning "Soho scene". Money's antics as a flamboyant frontman were a feature of the band's act. During 1964 the Big Roll Band started playing regularly at the Flamingo Club in Soho, London until Money joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. On 17 September 1966 Money with the band reached #25 in the U.K singles charts, with "Big Time Operator".
In July 1967 the Big Roll Band became Dantalian's Chariot and in spite of a lack of chart success as such, the band found itself at the heart of a new counter culture, sharing concert line-ups with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. A single, "Madman Running Through the Fields", was released in 1967 and in April 1968 Dantalian's Chariot was disbanded.
The album Chariot Rising was released in 1996, comprising both sides of the 1967 single together with eight other unreleased studio recordings. It is available on CD.
During 1968, Money moved to U.S.A. to join the lineup of Eric Burdon & the New Animals in time for their Every One Of Us album, and the group soon incorporated stretched-out, heavily-psychedelicised versions of Dantalian's Chariot favourites 'Madman Running Through The Fields' and 'Gemini' into their setlist. Money's erstwhile Big Roll Band and Dantalian's Chariot colleague Andy Summers also soon joined them for the recording of the album Love Is in late 1968, but The New Animals broke up shortly afterwards. Money then took time out to record and release his solo LP Welcome To My Head in 1969. Having returned to the U.K. by June 1970, Money contributed piano to the improvised studio session led by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, which led to Green's release of the experimental The End of the Game. During the 1970s he played and recorded with the poetry and rock band Grimms, Ellis, Centipede, Kevin Ayers and Kevin Coyne.
Solo album and Majik MijitsEdit
Money signed to Paul McCartney's record label MPL Communications in 1980 and recorded Mr. Money produced by Jim Diamond. During 1981 Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane formed a band with Money, bass player Jim Leverton, drummer Dave Hynes and saxophone player Mel Collins to record the album The Majic Mijits. The album features songs by Lane and Marriott but due to Lane's multiple sclerosis, they were unable to tour to promote it. It was eventually released nineteen years later.
In 1987 Money was Musical Director for the BBC Scotland drama series Tutti Frutti and wrote the theme music. From 1990 to 1994 he was music controller for Melody Radio. In 1994 Money recorded with Alan Price and the Electric Blues Company alongside vocalist and guitarist Bobby Tench, bassist Peter Grant and drummer Martin Wild, on A Gigster's Life for Me. He continued to appear with Price at live appearances in the UK. The Dantalian's Chariot album Chariot Rising was released in 1997, thirty years after it was recorded. In 1998 Money produced Ruby Turner's album Call Me by My Name,
Money produced the Woodstock Taylor album Road Movie (2002), also contributing keyboards. In 2002 he recorded tracks with Humble Pie for their album Back on Track released by Sanctuary Records. In 2003 Money featured on the British Legends of Rhythm and Blues UK tour, alongside Long John Baldry, Ray Dorset and Paul Williams. Money joined Pete Goodall to re-record the Thunderclap Newman UK hit single Something in the Air (2004) written by John "Speedy" Keene, which featured the last recorded performance by saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith. In 2005 Money joined Goodall to record a CD of new songs by Goodall and Pete Brown. They went on to tour the UK under the name of Good Money. In early 2006 Money and drummer Colin Allen joined vocalist Maggie Bell, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and guitarist Miller Anderson, in the British Blues Quintet.
He appeared with the RD Crusaders for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the 'London International Music Show', on 15 June 2008. In 2009 he appeared with Maggie Bell, Bobby Tench, Chris Farlowe and Alan Price, in the 'Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour' of thirty two British theatres. Money Joined the British Blues All Stars in 2014 and regularly performs with the latest version of his Big Roll Band at The Bull's Head music venue in Barnes, London  and elsewhere.
He began attracting acting roles in the 1970s and started a parallel acting career with character appearances in film and TV dramas.He appeared in English tv show Londons Burning for one episode in 1989
As a promotions man in the 1980 UK film Breaking Glass
As a music-publishing executive in the 1981 Madness film Take It or Leave It
Alongside Eddie Kidd in the 1981 film Riding High.
As one of Leonard Rossiter's fellow commuters in the short film The Waterloo Bridge Handicap (1978).
As Lotterby in Porridge 1979
Sometimes credited as G.B. Money or G.B, he has appeared in a number of other small roles in British television programmes including Bergerac, The Professionals, The Bill and EastEnders. In 1989 he played a New Age Traveller in the ITV drama Forever Green. In 1992 and 1993 he appeared in the BBC sitcom Get Back as a dim but well meaning family friend 'Bungalow Bill' alongside Ray Winstone, Larry Lamb and Kate Winslet. In 2000 he starred in a film based on guitarist Syd Barrett, as a fanatical fan stalking the rock star Roger Bannerman in the underground cult film Remember a Day.
Discography with The Big Roll BandEdit
- It should have been me. Columbia (1966)
- Transition. Columbia (1968)
- Welcome to My Head Capitol (1969),
- Zoot Money Polydor (1970)
- Mr. Money. MPL (1980)
- Were you there live. Indigo (1999)
- Full Clothed & Naked. Indigo (2000)
- As & Bs Scrapbook. Repertoire (2003)
- A Big Time Operator. Castle (2005)
- Full circle. Universal distribution (2007)
- The Book Of Life... I've Read It. Treasure Island (2016) 
- Zoot Money's Big Roll Band: Big Time Operator (Box Set of 4 CDs) Repertoire (2017)
Discography as a sidemanEdit
- I Put a Spell on You and Other Great Hits. CMC International/Sanctuary (2003)
- Alan Price and The Electric Blues Company
- A Gigster's Life for Me. Indigo (1996)
- Alexis Korner Blues Inc./Alexis Korner All Stars. Transatlantic (1969)
- Accidentally Born in New Orleans’’ (1973)
- Alexis Korner (1973)
- Mr. Blues. Toadstool (1974)
- White & Blue Alexis Korner (1980)
- The Party Album. Intercord (1980)
- Alexis Korner and Friends. Amiga (1982)
- Alexis Korner 1972-1983 (1992 )
- Alexis Korner Memorial Concert Vol2 (1995)
- Musically Rich...And Famous: Anthology 1967-1982. Castle (1998)
- ’’Let It Rock’’. Repertoire (1978)
- ’’The Anthology ’’ (2002)
- Urban Cowboy (1971)
- Andy Roberts & the Great Stampede. Elektra (1973)
- Nina and the Dream Tree.Pegasus/Philips (1971)
- Ark. CBS (1983)
- Greatest Hits Live!. IRS (2007)
- Arrivederci Ardrossan (1975)
- Ashes & Matchsticks (1976)
- Live in Glasgow. Angel Air (2007)
- Septober Energy. RCA (1971)
- Chariot Rising. Wooden Hill (1996)
- E.H. in the U.K. Atlantic (1973)
- Sold out (1974)
- Collectables Classics [Box Set] Eddie Harris (2006)
- Only the Best of Eddie Harris Vol1 (2009)
- Riding on the Crest of a Slump. Epic (1972)
- Why not?. Epic (1973)
- Survivor . Polydor (1978)
- Good Times: A Collection Eric Burdon (1993)
- The Twain Shall Meet. MGM (1968)
- Love Is. MGM (1968)
- Every One Of Us. MGM (1968)
- The Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals 1966-1968. Polydor (1991)
- Restoration. Philips (1972)
- Johnny Almond Music Machine
- Patent Pending. Deram (1969)
- Double Crossed. Cherry Pop (2009)
- Charlestons. Three Line Whip (2007)
- The Birthday Big Band (1998 55th-birthday concert). Three Line Whip (2007)
- Yes We Have No Mañanas, So Get Your Mañanas Today. EMI (1976)
- Too Old to Die Young: BBC Live 1972-1976. Hux (1998)
- The BBC Sessions 1970-1976. Hux (2005)
- In Living Black & White. EMI (1976)
- Heart Burn. Virgin (1976)
- Dynamite Daze. EMI(1978)
- Babble. Virgin (1979)
- On air Tradition & Moderne (2008)
- I Want My Crown: The Anthology 1973-1980. EMI (2010)
- Back on Track. Sanctuary (2002)
- Pieces. Polydor (1972)
- Home on the Range. Smash (1993 )
- Good To Be Alive. Casablanca (1973)
- Putting on the Style (1977)
- Woman. Island (1972)
- The End of the Game. Warner Bros. (1970)
- The Anthology (2008)
- Pete York & Friends. Inakustik (2007)
- A Summer with Monika. Island (1979)
- Call Me by My Name. Indigo (1998)
- Fresh Liver. Island (1973)
- Extremely Live at Birmingham Town Hall. Inakustik/Inak Records (1995)
- Pick N Tell (2006)
- Widowmaker. United Artists (1976)
- Straight Faced Fighters. Sanctuary (2002)
- The Uncle Willie. Decca (1964)
- I Really Learnt How To Cry. Columbia (1967)
- No One But You. Polydor. (1970)
- Your Feets Too Big. Magic Moon Records (1980)
- Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music of Peter Green. Viceroy (1996)
- The Blues Scene. Decca (1996)
- Mod Scene Vol2. Polygram (1996)
- Peter Green Songbook. Seagull (2000)
- Confessin' the Blues. Indigo (1997)
- Fresh Blues Vol2. In-Akustik (1998)
- The R&B Scene. Deram (1998)
- Indigo All-Star Swing & Dance Party. Indigo (1999)
- Indigo Blues Collection Vol6. Indigo (2001)
- Story of Transatlantic Records. Metro Doubles (2003)
- Instro Hipsters a Go-Go Vol2. Psychic Circle (2003)
- Hammond Heroes: 60s R&B Organ Grooves. Ace (2005)
- This Is Mod. Castle (2006)
- Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town: A Pub Rock Anthology. Castle (2007)
- The In Crowd: Original Mod Classics. Castle Pulse (2007)
- This Is the Blues Vol2. Eagle (2010)
- Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol11. Particles (2012)
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