Judas Jump

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Judas Jump
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1969–1971[1]
Labels Parlophone
Associated acts Amen Corner, The Herd, Status Quo, Poco
Past members Allan Jones
Andy Bown
Henry Spinetti
Charlie Harrison
Adrian Williams
Trevor Williams

Judas Jump was a British short-lived prog rock supergroup, formed in 1969.[1] They released one album and three singles before disbanding in 1971.[2] They are best known for their various members who had success before and after Judas Jump.


Judas Jump was established in 1969 as a heavy progressive rock band. They used mellotron, woodwind and brass in their sound, and secured a recording contract with Parlophone. Keyboard player Andy Bown, and drummer Henry Spinetti, had earlier worked with The Herd, along with Peter Frampton. After The Herd dissolved, Bown and Spinetti spent two years with Judas Jump.[2]

Also in their line-up was the former Amen Corner saxophonist, Allan Jones, who switched to playing mainly woodwind. The band issued three singles in 1969 and 1970, followed by their only album, Scorch (1970). A United States release on the MGM-distributed Pride Records was oddly delayed until 1972, by which time the group had disbanded.[2] On 14 February 1970, Judas Jump featured on the cover of the British music magazine, NME.

Judas Jump were the opening act on 26 August 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival. On 24 October 1970, Judas Jump played a concert at Polesworth's Memorial Hall.[3] Although they attracted considerable press coverage, their records sold poorly, and did not reach either the UK Singles Chart or UK Albums Chart.[2]

Although Adrian Williams was listed as lead vocalist, Andy Bown is the lead vocalist on almost all tracks. In a mid-1980s interview for a fanzine, (The Rock Marketplace), Bown admitted that as leader, primary song writer, and producer, he decided to replace most of the vocals with his own prior to the album's release.

Bown ultimately joined Status Quo.[2] Fellow band member, Charlie Harrison, played with the American country rock band Poco, between 1978 and 1984.[1] Spinetti went on to various session musician work, including playing on Gerry Rafferty's single, "Baker Street".[4]

Band members[edit]

Judas Jump comprised:



Year Title Label
1970 Scorch Parlophone



Year Title Label
1969 "Run For Your Life" Parlophone
1969 "This Feelin' We Feel" Parlophone
1970 "Beer Drinking Woman" Parlophone



  • The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson, ISBN 1-899855-04-1


  1. ^ a b c d "Albums by Judas Jump: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. 1970-04-17. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bruce Eder. "Judas Jump | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Judas Jump". Tamworth Bands. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Mike Dolbear DRUMS". Mikedolbear.com. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Bown". Statusquo.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Henry Spinetti". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 

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