Babe Ruth was an English hard-rock/soul band that released three albums on Harvest between 1972 and 1975, followed by a further pair of titles on Capitol during the mid-1970s.
Members: Jenne Haan (vocals, 1970-75), Alan Shacklock (guitar, keyboards, 1970-75), Dave Hewitt (bass, 1970-75), Jeff Allen (drums, 1970-71), Dave Punshon (keyboards, 1971-73), Dick Powell (drums, 1971-73), Ed Spevock (drums, 1973-present), Chris Holmes (keyboards, 1973-74), Steve Gurl (keyboards, 1974-76), Bernie Marsden (guitar, 1975-76), Ray Knott (bass, 1975-76), Ellie Hope (vocals, 1975-76), Simon Lambeth (rhythm guitar, 1976)
Babe Ruth germinated from a band called Shacklock, formed in 1970 Hatfield, Hertfordshire, by namesake guitarist Alan Shacklock (b. 1950). As a teenager, he played in the unrecorded beat combo The Juniors with future Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and later Carmen/Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock. Shacklock also included teenage singer Jenne Haan (b. 1953) and bassist Dave Hewitt. Ex-Beatstalker Jeff Allen initially held the drum slot but left to join East of Eden. With the 1971 additions of keyboardist Dave Punshon and drummer Dick Powell, Shacklock changed its name to Babe Ruth.
Powell departed before recordings commenced for a followup. His place was taken by drummer Ed Spevock, who briefly played in a post-album lineup of Pete Brown’s Piblokto.
In 1973, Babe Ruth recorded Amar Caballero with engineer Tony Clark. During the sessions, Pushon was replaced by ex-Timebox keyboardist Chris Holmes. The finished album hit shelves in early 1974. It features four songs per side, including the Shacklock/Haan co-writes and
In July 1975, the Marsden/Haan lineup recorded Stealin’ Home at London’s Morgan, Chappell, and Roundhouse Studios. It was released that fall on Capitol. The album features nine songs with writing contributions from Spevock (“Fascination”), Gurl (
Kid’s Stuff was issued on Capitol in 1976. It features nine songs, including
- First Base (1972)
- Amar Caballero (1974)
- Babe Ruth (1975)
- Stealin’ Home (1975)
- Kid’s Stuff (1976)
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