Keep On Jumpin'

"Keep On Jumpin'" is a song written by musician Patrick Adams and Ken Morris. This track has been remade, remixed, and sampled numerous times, but only the 1978 original by Adams's group Musique and Todd Terry's 1996 updated version with Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown (who was also a member of Musique) reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play charts. Musicians on the tracks include Rich Tannenbaum on drums, Ken Mazur on guitar, and Norbert Sloley on bass. Listed here are the most notable versions.

Original recording by Musique[]

"Keep On Jumpin'"
Single by Musique
from the album Keep On Jumpin'
A-side"In the Bush"
Producer(s)Patrick Adams
Musique singles chronology
"Keep On Jumpin'"
"In the Bush"

The original version was recorded in late-1977 by the American disco act Musique, who took it to number one on Billboard's Hot Disco Songs chart as the double-side to "In the Bush", the latter being the act's more popular single. The song crossed over to the urban market and peaked at #81 on the Hot Soul Songs chart. At the time the single was released, there were questions about its lyrics, which made references to drug use even though it was about having a good time partying the night away. The original is still considered a disco classic to this day and was featured on the ABC TV series Family in the 1979 episode "Disco Queen."

Track listing[]

US 12' Version, 45 RPM[1]

Beatbox version[]

"Keep On Jumpin'"
Single by Beatboxx
LabelStrictly Rhythm Records
Producer(s)Roger Sanchez
Frank Jefferson

In 1991, Roger S and Frank Jefferson (AKA Sinister Frank J), under the project name Beatboxx, recorded a techno/house/rave version. This featured a heavy piano beat and fierce female vocals by Chazzie and Paula Brion, over a sampling of Musique's "Keep On Jumpin'" chorus.

Track listing[]

12' single (US)[2]

Todd Terry/Martha Wash/Jocelyn Brown version[]

"Keep On Jumpin'"
Keep on Jumpin' (Todd Terry song).jpg
Single by Todd Terry presents Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown
from the album Ready For A New Day
ReleasedJune 24, 1996[3]
LabelLogic Records, RCA Records
Producer(s)Todd Terry
Todd Terry presents Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown singles chronology
"Keep On Jumpin'"
"Something Goin' On (In Your Soul)"

In 1996, Todd Terry featuring Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown's version also reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Play. This version was house oriented and the more popular of the "Keep On Jumpin'" versions, based on strength and vocal ability of Wash and Brown alone. This was the first of two back-to-back number ones on Dance Club Play chart for this collaboration between the three artists; their follow-up, "Something Goin' On (In Your Soul)", reached number one in 1997.

Critical reception[]

The song was ranked at number 10 in a list of The Top 10 Dance Tunes Of The '90s for Attitude in 2016.[4] Upon the release, Larry Flick from Billboard commented that "three titans of dance music gather for a positively electric rendition of Musique's disco-era chestnut." He added that Terry "has deftly crafted an arrangement that is sweet enough for popsters but tough enough to keep his longtime club supporters happy. And what can be said of Wash and Brown? These clubland legends don't disappoint in a pairing that shows 'em doing what they do best: vamping and belting with gospel-like vigor. Jump on it."[5]

William Stevenson from Entertainment Weekly stated that "Keep On Jumpin'" was "nearly as catchy as the "Macarena"" and added that "this confection is certainly bouncy enough to become a staple of aerobics classes."[6] British magazine Music Week rated it three out of five, noting the "sizzling production from Terry", and Wash's "richer-than-treacle vocals".[7] Editor Alan Jones commented, "Terry opts for vocal attack, pairing two of the most popular and enduring disco divas — Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown — with impressive results."[8] Dave Fowler from Muzik gave it four and a half out of five, describing the song as a "oh-so-perfectly produced package of classic house" that "is sure to keep it pumpin' for lovers of deep Americana on both sides of the pond."[9]

Track listing[]

12" promo[10]
12" Rhythm masters remixes[11]
CD Maxi[12]


Chart (1996) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 38
Canada Dance (RPM)[13] 2
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[14] 16
Ireland (IRMA) 24
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[15] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 47
Scotland (OCC)[16] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 56
UK Singles (OCC) 8
UK Dance (OCC)[17] 1
UK Club Chart (Music Week)[18] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 1

Lisa Marie Experience version[]

"Keep On Jumpin'"
Keep on Jumpin' (The Lisa Marie Experience song).jpg
Single by The Lisa Marie Experience
  • Andrew 'Doc' Livingstone
  • Dave Lee
Music video
"Keep On Jumpin'" on YouTube

In late 1995, the UK electronic/house duo The Lisa Marie Experience (a male duo consisting of DJs Neil Hinde & Dean Marriott) recorded a version, which after success in the clubs was officially released in early 1996 and was a number seven hit in the UK. For this, they sampled Musique's original recording from 1977. "Keep On Jumpin'" was released on the FFRR record label and was the only top 10 hit for the Lisa Marie Experience in the UK. In the US, it peaked at number three on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Critical reception[]

Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote, "The Lisa Marie Experience Going back to Lipps Inc's Funky Town but without that unforgettable rhythm guitar, that's the feeling you get from this updated "disco-inferno" with cheeky girls and wild strings."[19] A reviewer from Music Week rated the song four out of five, adding, "Massive on the club scene, this bubbling house anthem is predicted to bump and hustle its way to chart success, morphing from the underground track to household staple a la Josh Wink."[20] Andy Beevers from the magazine's RM Dance Update gave it five out of five, noting that "their pumping house intro gives way to a guitar breakdown before the full-on disco pressure takes hold with Chris Wiltshire's infectious vocals vying for attention with those classic strings stabs."[21]

Track listing[]

CD Maxi-single (US/UK)[22][23]


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[24] 82
Belgium (Ultratop)[25] 39
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[26] 16
Ireland (IRMA) 25
Scotland (OCC)[27] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[28] 7
UK Dance (OCC)[29] 1
UK Club Chart (Music Week)[30] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 3

Corenell version[]

"Keep On Jumpin'"
Single by Corenell (Vs. The Lisa Marie Experience)
GenreElectronic, house
LabelGusto Records (UK)
Songwriter(s)Patrick Adams
Ken Morris
Kenneth August Simmons
The Lisa Marie Experience

In 2007, German electronic/house remixer Corenell remixed The Lisa Marie Experience's version, which became a top 20 UK hit under the cred "Corenell vs Lisa Marie Experience". The success of the 2007 track may have been fueled by its accompanying video, which featured rival women teams playing soccer in the mud, the women become more sexually explicit as they played. The uncensored video is included in the CD maxi-single.

Track listing[]

CD Maxi-single (UK)[31]


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  2. ^ from e.discogs
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  5. ^ Flick, Larry (1996-07-20). "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. p. 57. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  6. ^ Stevenson, William (1996-08-02). "Keep On Jumpin". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  7. ^ "Reviews: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 1996-06-22. p. 12. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  8. ^ Jones, Alan (1996-06-15). "Talking Music" (PDF). Music Week. p. 10. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  9. ^ Fowler, Dave (1996-08-01). "Singles" (PDF). Muzik. p. 105. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
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  14. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1996-07-20. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
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  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  17. ^ "Official UK Dance Singles Chart (07 July 1996 - 13 July 1996)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  18. ^ "The RM Club Chart" (PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). 1996-06-22. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  19. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1996-06-08. p. 18. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  20. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Music Week. 1996-04-06. p. 10. Retrieved 2021-08-14.
  21. ^ Beevers, Andy (1996-04-06). "Hot Vinyl" (PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). p. 9. Retrieved 2021-08-14.
  22. ^ US release from e.discogs
  23. ^ UK release from e.discogs
  24. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 18 Aug 1996". ARIA. Retrieved 2020-04-19 – via N.B. The HP column indicates the highest position reached.
  25. ^ "THE LISA MARIE EXPERIENCE - KEEP ON JUMPIN' (SONG)". Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  26. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 1996-05-11. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  28. ^ "Keep On Jumpin'". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  29. ^ "Official UK Dance Singles Chart (21 April 1996-27 April 1996)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  30. ^ "The RM Club Chart" (PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). 1996-03-23. p. 6. Retrieved 2021-08-14.
  31. ^ from e.discogs

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