Roy Frederick Budd was born March 14, 1947, in Mitcham, Surrey. He was a cousin of drummer Trevor Tomkins (born May 12, 1941, in London) and formed his first band, The Blue Devils, with his brother, Peter, and brother's friend, Geoffrey. Budd sang Jerry Lee Lewis songs with this band at the Sutton Granada, Sutton, Surrey.
Budd began leading his own trio at age 17, with residencies at the Lilliput Hall, Bermondsey, South-east London, the Hooter Club, Croydon, Surrey and the Bull's Head, Barnes, South-west London.
The first line-up of the Roy Budd Trio featured Budd at the piano, Peter McGirk on bass and Tomkins drums. Then Budd left school and went solo, before reforming the trio with Jeff Clyne on bass (born January 29, 1937, in London) and Chris Karan (born October 14, 1942, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who after leaving Australia 1961, had also been a member of the Dudley Moore Trio).
Clyne was later replaced by Pete Morgan and this band continued until Budd's death in London, on August 7, 1993, of a brain tumor.