Zoot Money's Big Roll Band

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


George Bruno Money, 17 July 1942, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. A veteran of his home town’s thriving music circuit, and a pioneer of Hammond organ-based British R&B, alongside Georgie Fame and Graham Bond. Money played in several local rock ‘n’ roll groups before forming the Big Roll Band in 1961. Its original line-up comprised Roger Collis (guitar), Kevin Drake (tenor saxophone), Johnny King (bass), Peter Brooks (drums) and Zoot Money on piano and vocals. By 1963, the singer was fronting an all-new line-up featuring Andy Somers aka Andy Summers (guitar), Nick Newall (saxophone) and Colin Allen (drums), but he left the group for a temporary spot in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. Money remained in London when his tenure ended, and his band subsequently joined him there. The Big Roll Band secured a residency at London’s prestigious Flamingo Club, and added two new members, Paul Williams (bass/vocals) and Clive Burrows...

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