Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth


British heavy rock band, Babe ruth, was formed in 1970 by founding members; Janita Haan, Alan Shacklock and Dave Hewitt. Dave Punshon and Dick Powell joining soon after, as the band began work on their debut album. Their first single “Wells Fargo” paved the way for their first album, First Base. It gained tremendous acclaim, performing well overseas and going gold in Canada. However, shortly after, in 1973, Ed Spevock and Chris Holmes replaced Powell and Punshon, respectively, before Babe Ruth began work on the notoriously tricky, second album.

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These line-up changes were not the only ones to appear in the band’s history, and in 1975 Steve Gurl, keyboardist from Glenn Cornick’s Wild Turkey replaced Holmes for their third, self-titled, album. Later in the same year, Shacklock left the band to become a record producer, and Bernie Marsden (Wild Turkey) joined the team for the fourth album. Unfortunately, with a key member leaving, the numerous changes began to take their toll on the band, performance wise, and relationship wise, as album sales failed to reach their early success. Finally, Haan and Hewitt also left the band as they had become disillusioned.

Although no original member remained, Babe Ruth still decided to release a fifth album, Kid’s Stuff. om 1976. The band were joined by Ellie Hope and Ray Knott for the recording of the album, and subsequent tours. However, the album’s performance was poor, and the band disbanded later in 1976.

2005 – Present

With much of the original line-up reuniting with plans of a new album in late 2005, Haan (now Janita Haan Morris), Hewitt, Shacklock, and Punshon set about recording new material together in Nashville. The album, titled Que Pasa, was completed September 2006, and after being made available in digital form via the band’s official web site, was released on Revolver Records in 2009. The band embarked on a successful reunion tour of Canada in July 2010, playing three concerts at Ottawa Bluesfest, Metropolis Montreal, and Festival International du Blues de Tremblant.