Zoot Money's Big Roll Band

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Zoot Money's Big Roll Band was a British rhythm and blues, soul and jazz group formed in England in early autumn 1961.


An early line-up had Zoot Money as vocalist and Al Kirtley on piano[1] but in the band's best-known form Money himself played Hammond organ. Bassist/vocalist Paul Williams and baritone saxophonist Clive Burrows had previously been with the Wes Minster Five. Burrows was eventually replaced on baritone sax by Johnny Almond, Burrows going on to appear with The Alan Price Set and with Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band.[2]

Roger Collis on guitar was replaced in the classic line-up by Andy Summers (then Somers), who had played with Money in the Don Robb Band.[3] Early bassist Mike "Monty" Montgomery was eventually replaced by Johnny King while drummer Johnny Hammond gave way to Pete Brookes in 1962, who was subsequently himself replaced by Colin Allen.

In 1964 The Big Roll Band started playing regularly at The Flamingo Club in Soho, London, featuring Money's flamboyant frontman antics. The outfit signed with Decca Records, releasing a solitary 45rpm single that year before switching to EMI's Columbia label. In 1965 four more singles appeared and their first album, It Should Have Been Me, was issued in October. Money refused Alan Price's keyboard chair with The Animals in order to remain a vocalist. The next July "Big Time Operator" was the group's most successful single, appearing at number 25 in UK charts.[4] Zoot Live At Klooks Kleek, was released in October of that year and hit number 23.[4] It also appeared in the United States on the Epic Records label but lacked promotion.[3]

Money joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated for a short spell before rejoining the band, but fashions were drifting from straight RnB towards more experimental sounds and an emphasis on songwriting. Although a popular fixture on the London club circuit in the early to mid-1960s, they had had little commercial success.[5] In July 1967 the Big Roll Band became Dantalian's Chariot before Money accepted a renewed offer to join Eric Burdon in his reformed Animals.



  • 1964: "The Uncle Willie"/"Zoot's Suit" Decca F 11954
  • 1965: "Bring It On Home To Me"/"Good" Columbia DB 7518
  • June 1965: "Please Stay"/"You Know You'll Cry" Columbia DB 7600
  • September 1965: "Something Is Worrying Me"/"Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" Columbia DB 7697
  • November 1965: "The Many Faces Of Love"/"Jump Back" Columbia DB 7768
  • March 1966: "Let's Run For Cover"/"Self-Discipline" Columbia DB 7876
  • July 1966: "Big Time Operator"/"Zoot's Sermon" Columbia DB 7975 - UK No. 25[6]
  • December 1966: "Star Of The Show"/"Mound Moves" Columbia DB 8090


  • October 1965: It Should Have Been Me - "I'll Go Crazy"/"Jump Back"/"Along Came John"/"Back Door Blues"/"It Should Have Been Me"/"Sweet Little Rock And Roller"/"My Wife Can't Cook"/"Rags And Old Iron"/"The Cat"/"Feelin' Sad"/"Bright Lights, Big City"/"Fina" Columbia 33SX 1734
  • October 1966: Zoot Live At Klooks Kleek - "Chauffeur"/"One And Only Man"/"I've Been Trying"/"Florence Of Arabia"/"Let The Good Times Roll"/"James Brown Medley"/"Mashed Potato U.S.A."/"Nothing Can Change This Love"/"Barefooting" Columbia SX 6075[7] - UK No. 23[6]

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  1. ^ Kirtley, Al. "The Downstairs Club and the naming of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band". Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Clive Burrows - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Zoot Money - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ a b Zoot Money's Big Roll Band chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Campion, Chris (2009). Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock. Wiley. p. 8. ISBN 0-470-28240-1. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 374. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2012-12-19.