Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band – influential in the UK Blues, soul and RnB movement in the sixties Zoot Money

Big Time Operator
The Uncle Willie

Zoot Money

Zoot Money (George Bruno originally from Bournemouth) moved to London to join Alexis Korner to play in Blues Incorporated in the early sixties.

Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band played live at the Twisted Wheel Brazennose Street Manchester in 1964 and 1965. They used to play RnB standards such as  Ray Charles’s I Gotta Woman

His biggest hit was Big Time Operator which was quite popular for a while at the Wheel and still gets an airing now and again. We last saw him at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax He was on tour with Georgie Fame, The Blues Band and Allen Price and Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers – this was in 2003. Zoot and all the others were excellent.

Zoot Money’s 45s included:

The Uncle Willie/Zoot’s Suite (Decca F 11954) 1964
Good/Bring It On Home To Me (Columbia DB 7518) 1965
Please Stay/You Know You’ll Cry (Columbia DB 7600) 1965
Something Is Worrying Me/Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Columbia DB 7697) 1965
The Many Faces Of Love/Jump Back (Columbia DB 7768) 1965
Let’s Run For Cover/Self-Discipline (Columbia DB 7876) 1966
Big Time Operator/Zoot’s Sermon (Columbia DB 7975) 1966
The Star Of The Show (The La La Song)/ The Mound Moves (Columbia DB 8090) 1966
I Really Learnt How To Cry/Nick Knack (Columbia DB 8172) 1967
No One But You/Prisoner (Polydor 2058 020) 1970


(A) BIG TIME OPERATOR (Columbia SEG 8519) 1966

Band Personnel has included:

ZOOT MONEY organ, vocals

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