Zoot Money

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Zoot Money
Birth name George Bruno Money
Born (1942-07-17) 17 July 1942 (age 72)
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
Website zootmoney.org
Notable instruments
Hammond organ

George Bruno Money, known as Zoot Money (born 17 July 1942, Bournemouth, Hampshire), England) is a British 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.[1] Money has been associated with Eric Burdon, Steve Marriott, Kevin Coyne, Humble Pie, 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]

Music career[edit]

Big Roll Band and Dantalion's Chariot[edit]

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. 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 became 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 and in April 1968 Dantalian's Chariot was disbanded.[3]


During 1968, Money moved to U.S.A as a member of Eric Burdon & the New Animals. In June 1970 and having returned to the U.K, Money contributed piano to the improvised studio session led by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, which lead Green's experimental release, The End of the Game. During 1970s he played and recorded with the poetry and rock band Grimms, Ellis, Centipede, Kevin Ayers and Kevin Coyne.[4]

Solo album and Majik Mijits[edit]

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[5] 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.[6]


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.[7] He continued to appear with Price at live appearances in the UK.[8]

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,[9]


the Woodstock Taylor and the Aliens album Road Movie (2002), also contributing keyboards to both.[10] In 2002 he recorded tracks with Humble Pie for their album Back on Track released by Sanctuary Records.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] In early 2006 Money and drummer Colin Allen joined vocalist Maggie Bell, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and guitarist Miller Anderson, in the British Blues Quintet.

2008-present day[edit]

He appeared with the RD Crusaders for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the "London International Music Show", on 15 June 2008.[14] 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.[15]

Acting career[edit]

He began attracting acting roles in 1970s and started a parallel acting career with character appearances in film and TV dramas.

Film appearances[edit]

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).

TV appearances[edit]

Sometimes credited as G.B. Money or G.B, he has appeared in a number of other small roles in British television programmes includingBergerac, The Professionals, The Bill and Coronation Street

In 1979, Money played a small role as the dim-witted Lotterby in the film version of the BBC TV series 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.


For Big Roll Band discography, see Zoot Money's Big Roll Band



  • 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[edit]

With Eddie Harris


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Zoot Money biog". allmusic.com. 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. ^ "Zoot Money credits". allmusic.org. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  5. ^ Hellier, Joseph and Hewitt, Paulo. Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... p. 249. 
  6. ^ "Majic Mijits. An interview with Jim Leverton". wappingwharf.com. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "A gigster's life for me". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Zoot Money gigs". zootmoney.org. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Call me by My Name". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Road Movie". zootmoney.org. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Back on Track". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Hecksall-Smith "Obituary". timesonline.co.uk. 21 December 2004. 
  13. ^ "Zoot Money". zootmoney.org. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "RD Crusaders play at LIMS". www.soundonsound. 5 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour 2009". flying music.com. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  16. ^ 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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