James Ramey (August 17, 1944 – October 28, 1970), better known as Baby Huey, was an American rock and soul singer. He was the frontman for the band Baby Huey & the Babysitters, whose sole LP for Curtom Records in 1971 was influential in the development of hip hop music. A native of Richmond, Indiana, James was the son of Robert and Ernestine Ramey. He moved to Chicago, Illinois at the age of nineteen, and worked with several local bands as a singer.
Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental.
The album posthumously released after Huey’s death in 1970. Despite the title describing Huey as a Living Legend, he was deceased before the album was released. The album was produced by Soul legend Curtis Mayfield and features Huey’s backing band The Babysitters. The album, in its physical form, is very rare, with original vinyl pressings going for upwards of 100 USD. For Record Store Day 2018, the album received its first, and.
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A quarter century after its release, The Baby Huey Story went on to become a cult classic among soul musicians and hip-hop fans. Its single "Hard Times" in particular has been sampled many times, by artists such as Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ghostface Killah, and was covered by John Legend & The Roots. Tracklist: 01. Listen to Me 02. Mama Get Yourself Together 03. A Change Is Going to Come 04. Mighty, Mighty 05. Hard Times 06.
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