Sounds Visual Radio Episode 75: Alan Shacklock (Babe Ruth)

London born Alan Shacklock is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer.  He played guitar since he was a child: his first band, the Juniors, also included future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and future Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock. 

He then went on to play with Chris Farlowe’s backing band (whose drummers at one point included future Emerson, Lake, & Palmer member Carl Palmer and a kid named John Bonham), and studied classical guitar and lute at the Royal Academy Of Music.

Shacklock later went on to form the band Babe Ruth, where he served as the band’s chief songwriter and producer from 1971 to 1975.  Their 1972 debut album “First Base” featured the classic song/breakbeat “The Mexican,” which would become widely influential in the early development of DJ’ing, b-boying , sampling, and hip-hop culture.

After leaving the band in 1975, he has received four Grammy Award nominations, and has produced a number of silver, gold and platinum recordings for artists, including Mike Oldfield, Bonnie Tyler, Jeff Beck, Meat Loaf, The Alarm, The Look, Roger Daltrey (of The Who), JoBoxers and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.




Sounds Visual is a podcast featuring interviews, conversations, and oral histories with DJ’s, crate diggers, musicians, producers, and beatmakers.

It is produced, hosted, and edited by Justin Meyer, a Portland-based musician, record collector, and producer, who has worked in a myriad of roles in the music business, including a 20-year run in music sync (clients include Netflix, Hulu, Fox, NBC, and HBO); touring the world as a “hired gun” drummer (including appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman”); hosting radio shows on both KMHD-FM, one of the best jazz radio stations in the country, and KBOO-FM; owning and operating Portland’s first hybrid record store/bar (Hall of Records…RIP); working for indie record labels; drumming for hip-hop legends like Big Daddy Kane and Count Bass-D; basically, lots of random shit, and the beat goes on….

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Sounds Visual Radio Episode 75: Alan Shacklock (Babe Ruth)