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Zoot Money’s new album, “The Book Of Life….I’ve Read It” is released on Treasure IslandMusic via Discovery Records. Featuring seven new songs co-written with producers Mark and Steve Owers, and ‘Sunny Skies’ written by Mike D’Abo, Zoot is very much back in the groove. The single “Still Alive” screams Zoot’s zest for life and his constant ability to shine. This album has a bluesy feel, taking you up and down the emotional ladder, but finishes with Zoot’s rye pathos, “If age brings wisdom, when do I get mine”.
Known for his flamboyant antics as a vocalist, keyboardist and band leader Zoot Money rose to prominence in the mid ‘60s with his Big Roll Band. Initially inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, he was inexorably drawn to R&B, leaving his hometown of Bournemouth for Soho in the early ‘60s, becoming resident band at The legendary Flamingo club, and signing first to Decca and then EMI, releasing a string of singles and three albums including ‘Live’ capturing their high-octane set at Mod hangout Klook’s Kleek.
Times and fashions were changing and in 1967 the band changed their name to Dantalian’s Chariot, forming the vanguard of the emerging psychedelic counter-culture, sharing stages with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown at venues such as London’s UFO club. Their single, ‘The Madman Running Through The Fields’ is a highly-prized psychedelic classic from the high summer of ’67. In the spring of 1968, Zoot and bandmate Andy Summers (later of The Police) joined Eric Burdon in the ‘New Animals’, touring extensively and recording the double album ‘Love Is’ for MGM in Los Angeles. The ‘Transition’ album on the CBS subsidiary Direction followed at the end of 1968, recorded with the re-formed Big Roll Band.
Zoot’s return to the UK signalled a prolific and productive period through the 1970s with Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Grimms, Ellis, Centipede, Kevin Ayers and Kevin Coyne. In 1980, Zoot signed to Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications, resulting in the album Mr Money. By now a parallel acting career was gathering pace with numerous TV cameos and appearances in the films Breaking Glass, Take It or Leave It and Riding High, as well as the movie version of the much-loved Porridge. In the ‘90s Zoot returned to music with the Electric Blues Company “A Gigster’s Life For Me”, and toured with Alan Price. The Dantalion’s Chariot album was finally released 30 years after it was recorded, and he turned his hand to production, producing a Ruby Turner album. Finding his feet as a producer, Zoot worked on Woodstock Taylor’s album, Road Movie in 2002.