Ruth was a band that formed in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England,
Shacklock founded this progressive rock band.
They had a rhythmic,
bluesy, guitar orientated sound capped off by the blistering vocals of
Hahn. Rounded out by Chris Holmes
(keyboards and organ), Dave Punshon (piano),
Hewitt, (bass) and Dick Powell, (drums)
this British band always put on a great live show.
Hahn's raw powerful vocals, along with Alan
magnificent guitar work
made for their true signature sound.
With very varied eclectic
tastes they covered songs like
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
Although long gone, Babe
Ruth should never be forgotten.
RUTH BAND UPDATE!
Hahn recently wrote me a letter I'd like to share with all of you.
Bobby. Janita (Jenny) Haan here. Firstly thank you so much
for all that you are doing. I just thought you would like to
know that Alan and Dave H are flying in from Nashville next week.
are coming together for meetings April 11 & 12th 2005 and viewing the
studio for recording new tracks.
has written at the moment approximately 11 tracks.
are hoping to start recording in the next few months.
keep you posted. Much respect, Jen x
like great news for all of us Babe Ruth fans.
I learn more I will keep you posted.
December 10, 2005:
to bring you up to speed with what is happening with the band.... the recordings
are in full swing and we are hoping to finish sometime in 2006. I am due
to fly out to Nashville to do vocals early Jan and Dave Punshon will also
fly out for piano solos etc.... drums bass and guitars etc all going down.
hope you shall all enjoy the music and once again thank you for keeping
the music alive...
very merry christmas to you all and a peaceful new year.