Babe Ruth Band History
 

 

1963

Alan Shacklock (lead guitar) forms The Juniors (UK) with:

Mick Taylor (rhythm guitar) and later of John Mayalls Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones, the late John Glascock (Bass) later of The Gods, Chicken Shack, Carmen and Jethro Tull. Brian Glascock (drummer), John's elder brother, later of The Gods and The Motels with Martha Davis.

1964

The Juniors record one single for EMI'S Parlaphone label, Perform @ NME Jazz Poll winners concert 1964 Wembley. UK with Manfred Mann hosted by Sir Jimmy Saville and appear on BBC TV 'Teenbeat' with  Hermans Hermits.

1967-8

Shacklock supercedes Albert Lee as guitarist to Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds with keyboardist  Peter Robinson later of Quatermass and Phil Collins, Brand -X and drummer  Carl Palmer later of ELP (replaced by John Bonham later of Led Zeppelin) .
Farlowe records single ' Paint it Black ' (Immediate Records) produced by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.

1971

Shacklock graduates from London's Royal Academy of Music and forms the band named, 'Shacklock'  with:

David Hewit (Bass) formerly Creed & Dr K's Blues Band, later of Georgia Satelites, Jenny Haan's Lion. Played with Humble Pie before the demise of the great late Steve Marriott, Whitford St. Holmes, (Brad Whitford of Aerosmith & Derek St Holmes of Ted Nugent

Dave Punshon on Piano (Jazz pianist , Composer Flute and Harp Concerto, Chamber and Orchestral pieces,Computer Games)

Dick PowellI (drums). Roger Dean (Artist for Yes etc) introduces Shacklock to Nick Mobbs VP of A&R to EMI Harvest label who catches 'Shacklock' ( the band) performing @ London's Marquee Club and signs the band to the EMI Harvest record label.

Shacklock (the band) then recruits Janita Haan (vocalist). Haan appears on Be Bop Deluxe , Strider, Waterboys ' Pogues, Jenny Haan's Lion known for their BASF recording of ' Forgotten Dreams' ( written by Haan awarded 'commercial of the year ' ), Fuoco with engineer/producer Paul Cobbold (Clash, Waterboys, Clanaad) Jellybean Benitez version of the 'Mexican' (reached #1 on Billboard dance chart), producing with Paul Cobbold ' Matty Groves' for the Laurie Engel Fund for Teenage Cancer.

1972

Shacklock are renamed 'Babe Ruth' after the US Baseball Legend. Rupert Perry (Chairman) EMI/CAPITOL Records signs BR for the USA. First Base - BR'S First album. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios by Tony Clark (The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney,Sky, Sir Cliff Richard, Cockney Rebel) produced by Shacklock and Mobbs. Roger Dean commissioned for sleeve artwork.

1973

BR join the Harvestmobile UK tour, with Spontaneous Combustion, Elo, Roy Wood's Wizzard, Kevin Ayres, Roy Harper & The Edgar Broughton Band.

Ed Spevock (drums & Percussion) joins BR replacing Powell. Spevock formerly of 'AMBOY DUKES' (UK) 'FLARE' with Max Middleton, Clive Chaman) 'Salt & Pepper' (with Junior Hansen of Bob Marley and the Wailers) 'Piblokto (with Pete Brown of Cream fame) 'Bond & Brown' (with Graham Bond and Pete Brown). Later writer of 'Elusive' New York club Hit for Babe Ruth.

BR appear on BBC2's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' with ' whispering ' Bob Harris
BR Shacklock, Haan, Punshon, Hewitt and Spevock survive a near fatal car crash on UK's ' M1 ' Motorway coming home from a Liverpool Uni gig.

Chris Holmes (keyboards) formerly of 'Time Box' (formed in 1966, Southport, Lancashire, split in 1969: Mike Patto vocals, John Halsey drums, Clive Griffiths bass, Ollie Halsall guitar) replaces Punshon.

Amar Caballero Harvest EMI records Babe Ruth'S second album recorded @ Abbey Road Studios by Clark, produced by Shacklock.

First USA Tour Landed in Toronto. Passed through Niagara Falls and down onto Buffalo. First date Milwaukee. Alan electrocuted on stage but thankfully okay. Texas, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio opening for 3 Dog Night. BR explore 'The Alamo'.
LA Whiskey a go go opening for Iggy Pop. Hotel on the Sunset Strip with Bands Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck. BR open for The Who at London's 'Sundown' Edmonton

1974

First Base is certified 'Gold' in Canada.
BR appear again on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test with 'whispering' Bob Harris
BR are banned from the BBC by producer Bernie Andrews whilst recording the John Peel Show.

Summer Festivals USA

Sedalia with Aerosmith, Elvin Bishop, Tower of Power, Ted Nugent
Oklahoma with Beach Boys, Leon Russell,
Milwaukee double headlined with ZZ Top

Headlining @ Place DE nation Montreal Canada, Quebec Hilton, Ottawa Civic Center.
BR also toured in Europe with Uriah Heep in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Returned to England and 'In Concert' with Queen
Steve Gurl supersedes Chris Holmes on keyboards
BR the bands 3rd album recorded @ Lansdowne Studios London. Recorded by Ashley Howe, produced by Steve Rowlands

1975

BR's ban liftted from BBC

Winter USA Tour
Flew to Canada to receive Gold Leaf Award for outstanding sales of First Base
Full lengrth video is shot 'Garden of the Stars' in honour of Babe Ruth. in concert with Humble Pie, Roxy Music, Robin Trower, the West coast leg Peter Frampton (Frampton Comes Alive) tour. Steve Miller Band in Detroit, Roy Buchanan in Portland Oregon, Humble Pie open for BR in Dayton Ohio
Manfred Mann open for BR in Ottawa Civic Center
Roxy Music open for BR in Milwaukee

2002

Invited by DJ Hooch BR (Spevock, Haan, Punshon, Hewitt and Shacklock) perform 'The Mexican' @ London's Brixton Academy for the BBoy Championships Finale.
Punshon rejoins BR on their 30th Anniv.
A new BR studio album 'Que Pasa' in production with Punshon, Haan, Shacklock, Spevock and Hewitt celebrating 30 yrs of BR. Included is a new version of the 'Mexican Millennium'

2006

New album 'Que Pasa' completed for release.
Sony Playstation honour BR by including the 'Mexican Millennium' for their new game release 'BBoy'

B-Boy wins Best Music Game for PSP and runner up Best Music Game for PS2 at
E3 computer game trade fair in USABBoy Soundtrack including ' Mexican Millennium' nominated for BAFTA Award

 


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