Guide to British Music of the 1960s


Zoot Money's Big Roll Band

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George Bruno "Zoot" Money - keyboards, vocals, Roger Collis - guitar, Mike "Monty" Montgomery - bass, Al Kirtley - piano, Johnny Hammond - drums

The Big Roll Band was formed in Bournemouth in 1961. There were a large number of personnel changes throughout the band's career. In 1962, Hammond and Montgomery left to be replaced by Pete Brookes and Johnny King. At the same time, Kevin Drake joined on tenor sax. Zoot Money then took over on organ following the departure of Al Kirtley.

A new version of the Big Roll Band started playing in 1963. Paul Williams joined on bass and vocals, Andy Somers on guitar, Nick Newall and Clive Burrows on saxophones and Colin Allen on drums. Johnny Almond later replaced Burrows who went on to play with Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band and the Alan Price Set.

In 1964, the Big Roll Band started to play a residency at the Flamingo Club in London where Georgie Fame was also a regular act. The band signed to Decca Records and released the first single The Uncle Willie. After this single the band switched to EMI's Columbia label and released a further five singles as well as the LP It Should Have Been Me.

Zoot Money's most successful single was Big Time Operator which reached 25 in the UK charts. A live LP Live at Klooks Kleek released in October 1966 made the LP charts.

The band now took a new direction that reflected the changing tastes of the time. The band changed its name to Dantalion's Chariot and released material more in the psychedelic style.

Money later took up an earlier offer to join Eric Burdon & the New Animals which Somers also joined.

Zoot Money is still performing with the Big Roll Band while Andy Somers (now Summers) enjoyed global success with the Police.

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