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Zoot Money

Zoot Money
Birth name George Bruno Money
Born (1942-07-17) 17 July 1942
Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Genres R&B, soul, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1960–present
Labels Columbia, Indigo, MPL
Associated acts Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Kevin Coyne, the Majic Mijits, the Electric Blues Company, Ruby Turner, Humble Pie, Zoot Money Trio, Good Money, Widowmaker, Brian Joseph Friel, the Hard Travelers, the British Blues Quintet
Notable instruments
Hammond organ

George Bruno Money, known as Zoot Money (born 17 July 1942, 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. Money has been associated with Eric Burdon, Steve Marriott, Kevin Coyne, Rocket 88, Snowy White, Mick Taylor, Spencer Davis, Geno Washington, Brian Joseph Friel, the Hard Travelers, Widowmaker and Alan Price. He is also known as a bit part and character actor.[1]

Musical career

He was born George Bruno Money in Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1942, of a family that were Italian immigrants, though of English descent on his father's side. He played the Zoot Sims after seeing him in concert.[1]

In early autumn 1961 Zoot 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. In 1962 drummer Pete Brookes replaced Hammond at the same time as bassist Johnny King and tenor sax player Kevin Drake joined the band.[2]

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. During the mid-1960s the lead guitarist in the Big Roll Band was Andy Summers, who later found international fame as one of the three members of the Police. In July 1967 the Big Roll Band became Dantalian's Chariot and in spite of a lack of chart success 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 but in April 1968 Dantalian's Chariot was disbanded.[3] During 1968, with a brief stint in the United States with Eric Burdon & the New Animals, Money moved to the States. During this period he began attracting acting roles and started a parallel career with character appearances in film and TV dramas.

In June 1970, Money contributed piano to the improvisational studio jam session led by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green; and edited into six tracks that formed Green's experimental release, The End of the Game. Also in the 1970s, Money appeared with different acts including the poetry and rock band Grimms, Ellis, Centipede, Kevin Ayers and Kevin Coyne. Money toured with Coyne and appeared on Coyne's double album In Living Black And White (1976), which was recorded at live performances, and on his two studio albums Heartburn (1976) and Dynamite Daze (1978). Money signed to Paul McCartney's record label MPL Communications in 1980 and recorded Mr. Money produced by Jim Diamond. In 1981 Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane[4] 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.[5]

In 1994 Money appeared 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.[6] He continued to appear with Price at live appearances in the UK.[7] 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,[8] and the Woodstock Taylor and the Aliens album Road Movie (2002), also contributing keyboards to both.[9] In 2002 he recorded tracks with Humble Pie for their album Back on Track released by Sanctuary Records.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Acting career

As an actor Money appeared 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, and alongside Eddie Kidd in the 1981 film Riding High. He also played one of Leonard Rossiter's fellow commuters dicing for first place across the River Thames, in the short film The Waterloo Bridge Handicap (1978). Sometimes credited as G.B. Money or G.B, Money has appeared in a number of other small roles in British television programmes such as Bergerac, The Professionals, The Bill and Coronation Street. In 1979, Money also had a small role as the dim-witted Lotterby in the film version of Porridge. 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.


[15] For a full Big Roll Band discography, see Zoot Money's Big Roll Band

  • It Should Have Been Me (1965), Colombia 33SX 1734
  • Zoot! Live at Klooks Kleek, London (1966), Columbia SX 6075
  • Transition (1968), Columbia 8-63231
  • Welcome to My Head (1969), Capitol ST318 [USA]
  • Zoot Money (1970), Polydor 2482 019
  • Mr. Money (1980), Magic Moon/MPL LUNE 1

As sideman

With Eddie Harris


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Zoot Money biog". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Kirtley, Al. "The Downstairs Club and the naming of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band". Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 183. CN 5585. 
  4. ^ Hellier, Joseph and Hewitt, Paulo. Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... p. 249. 
  5. ^ "Majic Mijits. An interview with Jim Leverton". Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "A gigster's life for me". Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Zoot Money gigs". Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Call me by My Name". Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Road Movie". Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Back on Track". Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Hecksall-Smith "Obituary". 21 December 2004. 
  12. ^ "Zoot Money". Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "RD Crusaders play at LIMS". www.soundonsound. 5 January 2008. 
  14. ^ "Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour 2009". flying Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Zoot Money Albums at AllMusic


  • Hewitt, Paulo and Hellier, John. Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful.... Helter Skelter (2004). ISBN 1-900924-44-7

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