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The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend

Baby Huey
The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend


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Artist: Baby Huey  
Title: The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend 
Selection: A/ROGV-052
UPC: 081227911539
Units per set: 1
SRP: 24.98

 Shipping around 6/21/19

·       Lacquers cut directly from the analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

·       Comes in a deluxe single pocket tip-on gatefold jacket and is pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry

·       Limited to 3000 copies 

·       A cult-classic that has been popular with crate diggers and DJs



James Thomas Ramey, better known by his stage name “Baby Huey,” (taken from the Paramount Pictures animated giant cartoon duckling) was born in Richmond, Indiana but had move to Chicago in the early 1960s to front his band, The Babysitters with co-founders, Melvin Deacon Jones on organ/trumpet and Johnny Ross on guitar. By the time recording took place for “The Living Legend,” only Huey and Jones remained from the original line up. Deacon Jones would go on to play with Freddie King and John Lee Hooker. Because of a glandular disorder, Huey weighed close to 400 pounds at times which contributed to his larger than life stage presence as well as a host of health problems. During the later 1960s the Babysitters followed the lead of Sly and the Family Stone and became a psychedelic soul act, with Huey dressing up in elaborate robes and adding rhymes to their stage act. According to band members at the time, Huey’s rhymes were very similar in style to those later popularized by rappers in Hip-Hop, but more on that in a bit. The Babysitter regularly played at the Thumbs Up club on Chicago’s north side and it was there that the band was discovered by Donny Hathaway who insisted  Curtis Mayfield go the following night to check them out. It has been said that Curtis wasn’t a fan of the band (he only loved Huey) and may have forced some of his own musicians into the sessions for the record. “The Living Legend” became a posthumous release for Baby Huey as he died on 10/28/70, just weeks after the death of Jimi Hendrix, in a Chicago hotel room of unknown causes. Fast forward to a few years after Huey’s death – Kool Herc (one of the original Hip Hop DJ’s based in the Bronx) began to spin two copies of “Listen To Me” at the same time and folks went nuts over it. That was the beginning of the Baby Huey cult – which later led to “Hard Times” being sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Ice Cube. 


Track Listing:

Side A

1.     Listen To Me

2.     Mama Get Yourself Together

3.     A Change Is Going To Come

Side B

1.     Mighty, Mighty

2.     Hard Times

3.     California Dreaming

4.     Running

5.     One Dragon, Two Dragon