Owen Money (born Lynn Mittell in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales) in May 1947, is a Neath based Welsh musician, comedian and radio presenter.
In the 2007 New Years Honours List, Money was made an MBE for services to entertainment in Wales
Mittell was bassist of Merthyr Tydfil based band The Cresendo’s, who amalgamated with another Merthyr band The Rebels to form The Bystanders in 1962. Mittell changed his name to Gerry Braden, and became lead singer in a line-up with:
- Micky Jones – guitar and vocals
- Clive John – guitar, keyboards and vocals
- Ray Williams – bass
- Jeff Jones – drums
The band signed to welsh label Pylot records in 1963, with initial release “That’s The End”, with “This Time” as the ‘B’ side. They were then signed to Pye Records, where they released the double-sided cover single “98.6” (backed with Marvin Gaye’s “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow”), which went to number 45 in the national Top 50 chart on 9 February 1967
Gerry Braden left The Bystanders in 1967, to be replaced by Vic Oakley from The Meteorites. Owen Money reformed the Bystanders in 1998 for a one-off performance at Maesteg Town Hall for his TV programme
Mittell formed comedy entertainment Tomfoolery in 1974 , which rapidly became a successful comedy show band, topping the bill at South Pier, Blackpool. The band toured extensively in the UK and Europe, winning many comedy awards on the way. In 1980 Owen Money left Tomfoolery for the comedy circuit, starting a tradition for the band where members come and go, including ex-lead singer Brian Conley.
1980 and onwards
Owen Money toured the club circuit as a comedian, winning the Club Land “Comedian of the Year” award, performing alongside Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones.
In 1987, Money joined BBC Radio Wales with weekly programme “Money for Nothing”, which increased in popularity through 1997 to win two gold Sony Radio Academy Awards: one for “Regional Broadcaster of the Year”, and the other for “Best Music Sequence Programme of Year”. “Money for Nothing” is presently broadcast every Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. Money also presents “The Afternoon Show” on Monday and Friday, plus he co-presents “Extra Time” when his schedule allows, a sports phone-in show on Saturday evenings with Jason Mohammad
Money regularly appears with his band the Soul Sharks, and takes the “Owen Money Laughter Show” to venues around Wales and the South West England.
Money used to be the landlord of a pub called the “The LA” in Swansea (since re-named Hafod Inn).
Money is a Director and current Chairman of Merthyr Tydfil F.C., and was instrumental in trying to bring Paul Gascoigne to the club.
In 2000, after appearing himself in pantomime, he set up his own pantomime company “The Owen Money Theatre Company”, with the aim of taking family friendly pantomimes around the theatres of Wales from November to February. The first production was “Aladdin”, followed by “Cinderella” for 2002/2003, and “Jack And The Beanstalk” for 2003/2004
Married, Money lives in Porthcawl (“for tax reasons”) and has a daughter Katie and a son Mathew.
In March 2006, he suffered a minor stroke while at his holiday home in Thailand. He flew back home, and was admitted to hospital in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital
Under his given name of Lynn Mittell, Owen Money was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2007. The citation reads: “Radio Presenter and Comedy Music Performer. For services to entertainment in Wales”.