Friday, May 27, 2011

Zoot Money

George Bruno Money, known as Zoot Money (born 17 July 1942, Bournemouth, England) is a British vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader 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. Money has been associated with Eric Burdon, Steve Marriott, 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.


In 1961 Zoot Money formed the Big Roll Band, with himself as vocalist, Roger Collis on lead guitar, pianist Al Kirtley,[1] 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.
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 February 1964 the line-up featured Money playing piano and Hammond organ, Andy Summers, replacing Collis, on guitar, tenor saxophonist Nick Newall and drummer Colin Allen, replacing Brookes. Nurturing his passions for Ray Charles and the Hammond organ, Money moved to London. During the same year The Big Roll Band started playing regularly at The Flamingo Club in Soho, London. The band soon became the permanent headline act there until Money joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated after Korner heard him play.
In July 1967, the Big Roll Band became Dantalian's Chariot and in spite of a lack of chart success the band found themselves at the heart of a new counter culture, sharing concert line-ups with bands such as Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single "Madman Running Through the Fields" was released in 1967 and in April 1968, Dantalian's Chariot was disbanded.[2] During 1968 a brief stint in United States with Eric Burdon & The New Animals Money moved home to the States for a short time. During this period he began attracting acting roles and started a parallel career with character appearances in film and TV dramas.
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[3] 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."Majic Mijits. An interview with Jim Leverton". Retrieved 2007-08-06.</ref>}}
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.[4] He continued to appear with Price at live appearances in UK.[5] The only Dantalian's Chariot album Chariot Rising was eventually released in 1997, thity years after it was recorded. In 1998 Money produced Ruby Turner's album Call Me By My Name,[6] and the Woodstock Taylor and The Aliens album Road Movie (2002), also contributing keyboards to both.[7] In 2002 he recorded tracks with Humble Pie for their album Back on Track released by Sanctuary Records.[8]
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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] In 2009 he appeared with Maggie Bell, Bobby Tench, Chris Farlowe and Alan Price, in the Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour of thirty two UK theatres.[12]


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