Thursday, March 24, 2011

45 Revolutions: Baby Huey & The Babysitters

A native of Richmond, Indiana, James Ramey moved to Chicago, Illinois at the age of nineteen, and worked with several local bands as a singer. Due to a "glandular disorder," Ramey was a large man, weighing about 350 pounds His size contributed to his stage presence, but also to health problems. Nevertheless, he made light of his condition, adopting the stage name "Baby Huey" after Paramount Pictures' giant duckling cartoon character of the same name. In 1963, Ramey, organist/trumpeter Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, and guitarist Johnny Ross founded a band called Baby Huey & The Babysitters, which became a popular local act and released several 45 RPM singles, including "Beg Me," "Monkey Man," "Messin' with the Kid" and "Just Being Careful." * [Note: while the group did release five 45s — on three different labels — they were comprised of the same four songs in different couplings.]

Dig: The Baby Huey Story (deals with Huey, post-Babysitters)

* Bio taken from Wikipedia

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