Elusive & The mysterious case of the 1970’s rock band from Hatfield

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BABE RUTH was a band that formed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, in 1971. Guitarist Alan Shacklock founded this progressive rock band. They had a rhythmic, bluesy, guitar orientated sound capped off by the blistering vocals of Jenny Hahn. Rounded out by Chris Holmes (keyboards and organ), Dave Punshon (piano), Dave Hewitt, (bass) and Dick Powell, (drums) this British band always put on a great live show.

Jennie Hahn’s raw powerful vocals, and Alan Shacklock’s magnificent guitar work made for a true signature sound. With very varied eclectic tastes they covererd song like FRANK ZAPPA’s “King Kong”, and Curtis Mayfield’s “We People Darker Than Blue”.

They enjoyed moderate commercial success in Britain, Canada, and the States, but were plagued by personnel problems, and lack of radio airplay. When vocalist Jennie Hahn left the band for parts unknown, the band lost direction and never regained its initial success. I became aware of them through Boston progressive radio where their great song “The Mexican” became a minor hit.

Their 1972 album “First Base”, with its cover art by famed YES artist, Roger Dean, remains one of my most favorite albums to this day. I suggest you give this album a listen, because it is simply one of the best rock albums of all time.

Although long gone, BABE RUTH should never be forgotten.

In 2010 the band made a reunion tour and are still touring in 2015.

 

Elusive … was a monster hit in American discos and also was a massive stomper at Wigan casino amongst others, the sequence of events were Kev Roberts came back from new York circa 1975 and told Jack Bollington his partner at the time (record haven) about the Babe Ruth “stealing home” lp track getting club plays in the USA. With days  a copy of the Lp and was soon playing at Cleethorpes Pier off the Lp and fading it out just before the long guitar solo. It was of course an instant monster. Which spawned the 45 release with 12 months both sides of the Atlantic.

 

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