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Baby Huey

A locally beloved figure on the Chicago soul scene, Baby Huey never achieved quite the same renown outside of his hometown, despite an exciting live act and a record on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label. Born James Ramey in Richmond, IN, in 1944, Baby Huey was literally an enormous stage presence: a glandular problem kept his weight around 350-400 pounds and beyond. He began performing in Chicago clubs in 1963 with his backing band the Babysitters and soon became a popular concert draw. As the '60s wore on, Baby Huey's sound moved from energetic R&B into a more psychedelic brand of soul, with a vocal style that drew comparisons to Otis Redding. He signed with Curtom and recorded a debut album, The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend, that featured several Curtis Mayfield songs (most notably the oft-sampled "Hard Times" and "Mighty Mighty Children"), plus a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." Sadly, Baby Huey didn't live to see it released; his weight and substance-abuse problems were exacting a steep toll on his body, and on October 28, 1970, he suffered a drug-related heart attack in a hotel room in Chicago. The album was released early the next year, and the Babysitters attempted to carry on for a while with a new lead singer, the still-teenaged Chaka Khan (she would, of course, go on to fame as the frontwoman of funk band Rufus shortly thereafter). In the years since, Baby Huey's lone LP has become a sought-after collectible among soul fanatics. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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JIM,YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY YOUR HOME BOY. JOHNNY O'BRIEN
Good good music
I knew Baby Huey, I followed the band and dated one of the sax players. It was just a week or so before his death that he told me while sitting in the front seat of my car headed North on Lake Shore Drive South that he had kicked heroin. I left Chicago soon after that.
I followed the band and dated a sax player. It was just a week or so before his death that he told me in the front seat of my car that he had kicked heroin. I left Chicago soon after that.
jmrohe
I grew up with him.in Richmond, IN we went to the same high school. He used to play at our dances. His dad Bobby was a good friend of mine! Rip
I just discovered Baby Huey but truly I have been listening to his music without knowing it.
splinter8118
This guy...
thats music from deep in the soul R I P BABY HUEY YOU BRING BACK GREAT MEMORIES IN THE BRONX
My Father Was best freinds with baby huey and was his right hand man he did security for him and was very very close...both My Father and baby huey Are great and wonderful ppl and will be remembered forever...RI P - S l y v e s t e r ( b u b b l e s ) Y o a k u m , and Baby(James Ramie) Huey...
baby huey was a man of many means musicaly
With my 'Fly' hat over my heart I say you were on your job Baby Huey! Step on brotha.
red beans and rice and ox tails. lol no wonder this dude was so big-- he mentions food about 3 times in one song!
this is a good album. and i like his version of this curtis mayfield track (mighty mighty).
NO!
listen to me an uprock classic, passed to soon.

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