Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Super 70's: Hard Times by Baby Huey

My Super 70's week is going strong. The song that I have selected for today is 'Hard Times' by Baby Huey. This song was featured on Baby Huey's 1971 cult classic album The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend.

Baby Huey was a 400 pound mountain of soul music that died before his first album was released. Born James Ramey, he was given the nickname Baby Huey due to his resemblance to the cartoon character. He helped form Baby Huey and The Babysitters, a R&B group that gained a reputation as an exciting act. By the late 1960's Baby Huey and The Babysitters caught the eye of Curtis Mayfield who wanted to sign Huey, sans the band, to his label Curtom Records. However, members of The Babysitters were asked to help record Baby Huey's debut album in 1970, which led to a tense recording session.

Baby Huey never saw the release of his debut. An addiction to heroin and a drinking problem led to his death at the age of twenty-six. The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend is something of a Velvet Underground and Nico album for the hip-hop world. The album sold poorly, but inspired a hip-hop generation.

I discovered this album last year during one of my various internet searches for long lost albums. The first song I heard was 'Hard Times' and it was a pretty catchy tune despite the fact that it dealt with inner city misery. I've checked out the entire album The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend online and it was a great debut that showed a great deal of promise for the young singer. We'll never know what could have been but enjoy the song below.

TonyDoug Wright is The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll and is also the head writer and owner of Champion City Comics. Follow him @TonyDougWright on Twitter.

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