Skip Bifferty

Skip Bifferty were an English pop-psych band from Newcastle that released four singles and a self-titled album on RCA Victor in 1967. Further recordings preceded a name-change to Heavy Jelly for the lengthy a-side “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” on Island in 1969.

Members: Graham Bell (vocals), Micky Gallagher (keyboards), Colin Gibson (bass), John Turnbull (guitar, vocals), Tommy Jackman (drums, 1966-?), Dave Potts (drums, ?-1968)

Vocalist Graham Bell joined Brian Davison’s Every Which Way, which released one album on Charisma in 1970. The remaining members of Skip Bifferty morphed into ARC, releasing the album … at This on Decca in 1971. That same year, the two parties reunited for an eponymous album as Bell + Arc. Guitarist John Turnbull subsequently joined rustic-rockers Glencoe for two albums on Epic in 1972/73. Keyboardist Mickey Gallagher resurfaced in Ian Dury’s Blockheads and also served as fifth-wheel of The Clash during the 1980 London Calling tour.


  • Skip Bifferty (1967)
  • “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” / “Blue” (1969 • Heavy Jelly)

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