Clarence "Frogman" Henry

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About Clarence "Frogman" Henry

One of the great stars of New Orleans R&B, Clarence "Frogman" Henry's stage name was a nod to his greatest hit, 1956's "Ain't Got No Home," in which he declared "I got a voice/I love to sing/I sing like a girl/And I sing like a frog," and proceeded to demonstrate he could do just that. Filled with Crescent City bounce and Henry's rollicking piano work, the tune's carefree yet plaintive lyric set the tone for a pair of 1961 hits "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love." Those singles marked Henry's last visits to the Pop Top 40, but he remained a presence in New Orleans nightclubs and music festivals for decades to come, and the 1994 anthology Ain't Got No Home: The Best of Clarence "Frogman" Henry collected his best-loved work.

New Orleans, LA, United States
March 19, 1937
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