Chicago Sound Pt3 – Baby Huey – Mighty Mighty Children Pts 1&2



James ‘Baby Huey’ Ramey


Listen – Baby Huey and the Babysitters – Mighty Mighty Children Pt1- MP3″

Listen – Baby Huey and the Babysitters – Mighty Mighty Children Pt2- MP3″

Greetings all.

I hope the end of the week finds you all well.
I also hope you’ve been digging the Chitown theme we’ve been working this week.
As promised, we’re going to close things out with something (very) funky, that being ‘Mighty Mighty Children Pts 1&2’ (you really need to dig both sides) by Baby Huey and the Babysitters.
Born James Ramey, Baby Huey and his band hailed from Richmond, Indiana (about halfway between Dayton, Ohio and Indianapolis). Starting in the mid-60s, Baby Huey and the band worked up a rep as a dynamite show band, drawing huge crowds in Richmond and on the road, playing with both soul and rock bands (I’ve seen a reference that said they opened for the Yardbirds at one point).
Over the next few years they toured widely, made a number of TV appearances and by the time they were signed to Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label, they had a fairly large following.
Ramey was an outsized performer in every respect, both as a master of wild stage shows, and physically topping 300 pounds for his performing career and over 400 pounds (and with a deadly heroin habit) when he passed away in October of 1970. The album the group had been recording with Mayfield would be released posthumously in 1971.
The single I bring you today is a funky, two-part killer with a “live in studio” sound, tight production by Curtis and an arrangement by none other than Donny Hathaway.
‘Mighty Mighty Children’ swings along on a melody that is instantly recognizable as having been created by Mayfield, with a raw vocal by Ramey, blazing horns and just enough fuzzed out wah-wah guitar to let you know that it was 1970.
I’m partial to Part 2, in which things get (re)started with an intro, after which Ramey interacts with the audience and lays down a rap (namechecking Lou Rawls, as well as a veritable soul food buffet). Though both sides of the 45 rock, Part 2 has a heavier party vibe, a little more chaotic and very groovy.
In other news, this coming Monday (June the first) will see the arrival of the 2009 Funky16Corners Pledge Drive, in which your’s truly comes to you, hand outstretched, asking for donations to keep the blogs (more specifically the server space wherein all the pictures, sound files, podcasts and the Funky16Corners web zine reside) up and running for another year. I will of course provide more details on Monday, as well as Paypal links and a brand new edition of the Funky16Corners Radio Podcast as the soundtrack to the drive.
I hope you all have an excellent (hopefully sunny) weekend, and I’ll see you all on Monday.



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7 Responses to “Chicago Sound Pt3 – Baby Huey – Mighty Mighty Children Pts 1&2”

  1. planet mondo Says:

    Love it – I’ve got the album somewhere – Running is a killer tune

  2. Jason Daniels Says:

    Mighty, Mighty, is sure Mighty. Ahh, yeah. Funky horns. I love the call and response toward the end on Pt 1.

  3. Vincent the Soul Chef Says:

    I concur… great tune.

    And as always, I’ll be around on pay day 🙂

    Thanks for all the jamz!

    Peace and blessings.

  4. alejandro Says:

    Yes. Great! Love this tune (especially part 2 with that loose sound) Sharing some culinary tastes there with the Mighty Baby Huey. Is he saying to that little kid towards the end (that sounds like he’s 4 years old) ” you sure cutie, I’ll see you after the show”. What’s he talking about!

  5. Michael A. Gonzales Says:

    It’s always been my theory that Curtis developed his blackadelic solo style after producing Baby Huey. Thanks for sharing…

  6. Jeff Says:

    Nice batch of Chicago stuff. Thanks, Larry!

  7. maxwell Says:

    awesome! thanks for these. They look (and sound hot!).

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