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, songwriter
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 The Animals, Eric Burdon, Steve Marriott, Kevin Coyne, Humble Pie, Rocket 88, Snowy White, Mick Taylor, Spencer Davis, Vivian Stanshall, Geno Washington, 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 a member of The Police. On 17 September 1966 Money with the band reached #25 in the U.K singles charts, with "Big Time Operator".[3]

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.[4]

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.

1968-1978[edit]

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 to Green's experimental 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.[5]

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[6] 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.[7]

1994-1997[edit]

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.[8] He continued to appear with Price at live appearances in the UK.[1] 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]

2002-2005[edit]

Money produced the Woodstock Taylor album Road Movie (2002), also contributing keyboards.[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.[1] 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.[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] Money Joined the British Blues All Stars in 2014[15] and regularly performs at The Bull's Head music venue in Barnes, London.[16]

Acting career[edit]

He began attracting acting roles in the 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).

As Lotterby in Porridge 1979

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 including Bergerac, 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.

Discography with The Big Roll Band[edit]

See Zoot Money's Big Roll Band

Solo discography[edit]

  • 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)[17]
  • As & Bs Scrapbook. Repertoire (2003)
  • A Big Time Operator. Castle (2005)
  • Full circle. Universal distribution (2007)[5]

Discography as a sideman[edit]

Albums[5][17]
Alan Price
  • 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
  • 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)
Alvin Lee
  • ’’Let It Rock’’. Repertoire (1978)
  • ’’The Anthology ’’ (2002)
Andy Roberts
  • Urban Cowboy (1971)
  • Andy Roberts & the Great Stampede. Elektra (1973)
  • Nina and the Dream Tree.Pegasus/Philips (1971)
The Animals
  • Ark. CBS (1983)
  • Greatest Hits Live!. IRS (2007)
Brian Friel
  • Arrivederci Ardrossan (1975)
  • Ashes & Matchsticks (1976)
The British Blues Quintet
Centipede
  • Septober Energy. RCA (1971)

Dantalian's Chariot

  • Chariot Rising. Wooden Hill (1996)
Eddie Harris
  • 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)
Ellis
  • Riding on the Crest of a Slump. Epic (1972)
  • Why not?. Epic (1973)
Eric Burdon
  • Survivor . Polydor (1978)
  • Good Times: A Collection Eric Burdon (1993)
Eric Burdon and the Animals
  • The Twain Shall Meet. MGM (1968)
  • Love Is. MGM (1968)
  • The Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals 1966-1968. Polydor (1991)
Marc Ellington
Grimms
  • Rocking Duck. Island (1973)
  • Grimms. Island (1973)
  • Sleepers. DJM (1976)
Johnny Almond Music Machine
  • Patent Pending. Deram (1969)
Jim Diamond
  • Double Crossed. Cherry Pop (2009)
Kevin Ayers
  • 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)
Kevin Coyne
  • 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)
Humble Pie
  • Back on Track. Sanctuary (2002)
Juicy Lucy
  • Pieces. Polydor (1972)
LaTour
  • Home on the Range. Smash (1993 )
Long John Baldry
  • Good To Be Alive. Casablanca (1973)
Lonnie Donegan
  • Putting on the Style (1977)
Mike McGear
  • Woman. Island (1972)
Peter Green.
  • The End of the Game. Warner Bros. (1970)
  • The Anthology (2008)
Pete York
  • Pete York & Friends. Inakustik (2007)
Roger McGough
  • A Summer with Monika. Island (1979)

Ruby Turner

  • Call Me by My Name. Indigo (1998)
The Scaffold
  • Fresh Liver. Island (1973)
Spencer Davis
  • Extremely Live at Birmingham Town Hall. Inakustik/Inak Records (1995)
Thunderclap Newman
  • Pick N Tell (2006)
Widowmaker (U.K)
  • Widowmaker. United Artists (1976)
  • Straight Faced Fighters. Sanctuary (2002)

Singles discography[edit]

  • 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)[18]

Other discography[edit]

Inclusion on Various Artist compilations[5][17]
  • 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)[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "Big Time Operator chart position". books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 183. CN 5585. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Zoot Money credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  6. ^ Hellier, Joseph and Hewitt, Paulo. Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... p. 249. 
  7. ^ "Majic Mijits. An interview with Jim Leverton". wappingwharf.com. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "A gigster's life for me". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 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. ^ "RD Crusaders play at LIMS". www.soundonsound. 5 January 2008. 
  14. ^ "Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour 2009". flying music.com. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "GTA artists/The British Blues Allstars". gtamusic.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Zoot Money at the Bulls Head music venue". musicglue.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Zoot Money solo releases". discogs.com. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Zoot Money. Singles". discogs.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 

References[edit]

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

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