Clarence “Frogman” Henry

Alright Boys and Girls, this next Artist I actually saw in person in his Heyday.  It was 1958, it was the Dick Clark Cavalcade of Stars in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto…

Clarence “Frogman” Henry

Videos:  For the People who love R&B please watch these two fantastic video’s that I found of Clarence “Frogman” Henry :

I don’t know why I love you but I do /
Released in 1956 on Argo (Chess) this was the flip side of Ain’t Got No Home, my favourite / Troubles Troubles /


Now this next video is Fantastic, it’s with the Great Dave Bartholomew and his Band, I think in the last few years, the man still has it.

1.  Ain’t Got No Home/ Argo 5289/ January 1957/ #20

2.  But I Do/ Argo 5378/ March 1961/ #4

3.  You Always Hurt The One You Love/ Argo 5388/ May 1961/ #12

Born 19 March 1937, Algiers, Louisiana, USA. Henry began performing during the 50s with a New Orleans-based R&B group led by Bobby Mitchell.

Clarence began work with band leader Paul Gayten who accompanied him on his 1957 smash ‘Ain’t Got No Home’.

However, it was not until 1961 that ‘But I Do’ provided a follow-up to this novelty song, earning Henry a US #4 and UK number 3 hit. Co-written by Bobby Charles, the song featured several seasoned New Orleans musicians, including the young Allen Toussaint, and relaunched Henry’s career.

The same year a further international success, ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ – previously a hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944 – echoed the same effortless style.

The following single fared better in the UK, with ‘Lonely Street’/‘Why Can’t You’ narrowly missing the Top 40, but it was the artist’s last substantial hit.

He continued to record for a variety of companies, and a 1969 collection, Is Alive And Well And Living In New Orleans, was acclaimed as a fine example of the ‘Crescent City’ style.

Since then, Henry has remained a popular live attraction especially in his adopted city.




4 responses to “Clarence “Frogman” Henry

  1. Hey guys; ‘But I Do’ was a big hit when I first started Ronnie And The Corvairs. Great tune ! By the way, check YouTube for Eddie Holman doing ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’ ! It’ll blow you away as it did the audience. At the end, he almost teared up at the applause and this was done probably only a few years ago. Cheers and keep up the good work !

  2. Played these often in my DJ days and also sing both on Karaoke here in Menorca!!

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