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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
"James Ramey" aka "Baby Huey", was the singer of the band "Baby Huey & The Babysitters",who released several 45 rpm singles during the 60's. In 1969, curtis mayfield signed "Baby Huey" without his "The Babysitters" on the Curtis's label and produced this record with the help of donny hathaway like arranger. Baby Huey died of a heart attack on October 28, 1970 and the record released after his death in 1970. You could appreciate his great rocky voice on different songs like "Hard Times". Baby Huey recorded amazing versions of Curtis's songs like "Mighty Mighty", "Hard Times", ..., sam cooke's "A Change Is Going to Come" and "the Mamas and Papas"'s "California Dreamin".
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