Baby Huey's only LP The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend is a forgotten great of the psychedelic soul era. The Indiana-born singer's flamboyant style and tremendous size (the result of a glandular disorder) made him a formidable figure on the Chicago scene in the mid-'60s, and he signed with Curtis Mayfield's label in 1969 where he cut his aforementioned debut.
Huey's death at the age of 26 in the same month as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin meant his legend was left sadly untended, but his slim recorded legacy only continues to grow in stature. Drawing lines between Sly Stone's freaky soul, James Brown funk and Otis-like, wounded aggression, ...Living Legend's highlight has to be this hair-raising cover of Curtis' own 'Hard Times', which is both hard as nails and utterly thrilling. Ghostface Killah evidently thought so - he sampled it for a track on his Supreme Clientele, included below.
Baby Huey, 'Hard Times'
Ghostface Killah, 'Buck 50'