Clarence "Frogman" Henry was born on 19th March 1937 in Algiers, Louisiana. A popular R&B singer he was inspired by Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, while performing in talent shows, Henry used to dress up like Longhair and wore a wig with braids on each side.
He could sing like a girl, he could sing like a frog, but it was Henry's trademark croak found him fame in 1956 with the hit "Ain't Got No Home" which he followed up with "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" in 1961.
Frogman continued to record a number of New Orleans style originals and he even recorded with Nashville saxist Boots Randolph and pianist Floyd Crammer. But the hits dried up for good after 1961 as his gimmick as being the Frogman grew tiresome.
In 1964 The Frogman opened 18 concerts across the US and Canada for The Beatles but he always felt at home on the Bourbon Strip in New Orleans, where he played for 19 years still drawing crowds of tourists years after his hits had been in the charts. "Ain't Got No Home" has been used in a number of films including "Diner", "The Lost Boys" and "Casino".
Clarence's contribution to music was recognized by the Rockability Hall Of Fame were in April 2007, he was honored for his contribution to Louisiana music.
If you would like to see the great man, you are most likely to see him reviving his classics at the New Orleans & Heritage festival were he performs every year in the spring.
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