At school Money played the French horn and sang in the choir, but it was not long before he switched to rock and roll, inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, and soon became a leading light on Bournemouth's vibrant music scene. He named himself Zoot after the jazz saxophonist, Zoot Sims.
In 1961 Money formed the first incarnation of the Big Roll band; over the next two years the line-up settled into Andy Summers (later of The Police) on guitar, Nick Newall on saxophone and Colin Allen on drums, with Money on piano and Hammond organ. This line-up continued for a few years with various interruptions. The first was when Money, spotted by "British Blues Godfather" Alexis Korner's then manager, was invited to play with Korner's Blues Incorporated for a temporary spell. Money decided to stay in London, and the other Big Rollers soon joined him.
Before long The Big Roll Band, taking over a residency previously held by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames and then The Animals, were playing regularly at the Flamingo, a Soho club renowned for its wild all-nighters. They played a cooking mixture of soul, jazz and R&B, peppered with the flamboyant antics of frontman Money. Nurturing a passion for Ray Charles, the Hammond organ, and the odd alcoholic beverage, Money was a popular live attraction with the UK's "in-crowd" as the blues and R&B movement of the early part of the decade progressed into the "Swinging Sixties".
In 1967 The Big Roll Band became Dantalian's Chariot, and in spite of a singular lack of chart success, due in part to a thirty year delay in releasing their album, the band found themselves at the heart of the new counterculture, sharing bills with bands such as Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
A brief stint in America with Eric Burdon's New Animals followed, and Money decided to stay there for a while. At this point he began picking up acting roles, starting a parallel career which has continued ever since, with character appearances in many high profile film and TV dramas.
On the musical side during the 1970s Money featured with (amongst others) poetry and rock music band Grimms, Ellis, Centipede, Kevin Coyne and Kevin Ayers before signing up in 1980 to Paul McCartney's label, MPL, to record the Jim Diamond produced, Mr. Money.
Over the years Money has also worked with, Alexis Korner (independently of Blues Inc), Rocket 88 , Spencer Davis, Geno Washington, various incarnations of The Animals and Alan Price, with whom he continues to perform.
In early 2006 The British Blues Quintet was formed when Money and his long-time collaborator, drummer Colin Allen, teamed up with Allen's former bandmate from Stone The Crows, vocalist Maggie Bell, bassist Colin Hodgkinson (Alexis Korner, Whitesnake, Jan Hammer and Spencer Davis) and guitarist Miller Anderson (Savoy Brown, T.Rex, Chicken Shack and Spencer Davis). Alongside the most recent incarnation of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, which includes longtime Van Morrison guitarist Ronnie Johnson and former Womble Paul McCallum on bass, Money maintains a busy touring schedule around the UK and Europe.
In the 1970s Money provided musical support for a touring troupe of musicians and poets called Grimms playing the UK college circuit. The fluid line up also featured Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, Neil Innes, Mike McGear, John Gorman and Brian Patten.
He has produced two albums: Ruby Turner's Call Me By My Name - Indigo Records, 1999, and Woodstock Taylor's Road Movie, independently released on Cuppa Records.
As an actor Money appeared (playing a promotions man) in the film Breaking Glass with Hazel O'Connor, he also played one of Leonard Rossiters' fellow commuters dicing for first place across the Thames in The Waterloo Bridge Handicap, a UK short film. Sometimes credited as G.B. Money or G.B. "Zoot" Money, he has appeared in a number of small roles in British television programmes such as Bergerac, The Professionals, The Bill and Coronation Street.