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Ain't Got No Home - Best Of Clarence "Frogman" Henry

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New Orleans R&B wouldn't be the same without Clarence-he was a fixture there for decades after his 1956 smash Ain't Got No Home . Here's that classic; his hits But I Do; You Always Hurt the One You Love; Lonely Street; On Bended Knees; A Little Too Much , and more!

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002OC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Beasley on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're a 50's R&B collector, you probably own this by now, but if you just like the song 'ain't got no home', this one is definately worth picking up. I've had my copy since the age of 14 or so and it's been played a million times! The first 3 or 4 songs have that same fun, bouncy feel. As for the rest, you'll hear a good sampling of the man's work. It may take a little to get used to the rest of the alblum, as the later material has a different sound, (mostly mellow love ballads) but altogether - not bad! If you like New Orleans sounds of Fats, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price or Huey "piano" Smith, You'll like this one.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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Although "Frogman" may have broken into radio play with his novelty song "Ain't Got No Home (I'm a Lonely Frog)" this CD contains much that is enduring in R&B. The liner notes reveal that Henry's idol was Fats Domino, and one listen proves that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Cut after cut contains the rolling piano and lyrical phrasing Fats made famous. I found the arrangements infectious and the pacing enjoyable. This is music which can be played for your grandmother or your grandchild, guaranteed to bring a smile. Buy it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Sigur on May 10, 2003
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As a native New Orleanian,I can tell you that this music epitomizes this cities' past influence on rock and roll as well as R&B.And Algiers is in the city of New Orleans on the West bank.
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Clarence Henry was born in Algiers - no not that Algiers but a little burgh in Louisiana - on March 19, 1937. At age 19, and having no previous recording experience, he managed to get himself a contract with Argo, cutting the novelty Ain't Got No Home b/w Troubles, Troubles. Released in late 1956 as Argo 5259 with Paul Gayten & His Orchestra backing, and billed as Clarence Henry "Frog Man" because of his vocal tricks on the A-side, the disc reached # 3 R&B and # 20 Billboard Pop Top 100 in February 1957, making him a true overnight success.

But when nothing else immediately clicked on either chart, the bosses at Argo figured they had themselves another of those "one hit wonders" that seemed to be coming and going with regular monotony throughout the industry. Indeed, even though the label stuck with him into the 1960s, it wasn't until 1961 that he returned to the charts with the Bobby Charles-penned But I Do which brought him back to prominence by reaching # 4 Billboard Pop Hot 100 and # 9 R&B in April b/w Just My Baby And Me on Argo 5378. (note: if you have an original Argo 5378 45-rpm it may show it as I Don't Know Why, although most pressings show But I Do ... now, generally, it's shown as I Don't Know Why (But I Do)).

In June he was back with a cover of the 1944 Mills Brothers hit, You Always Hurt The One You Love taking it to # 11 R&B and # 12 Hot 100 b/w Little Suzy on Argo 5388, and three months later he had Lonely Street (not the same as the Andy Williams 1959 hit) reach # 19 R&B and # 57 Hot 100 b/w Why Can't You on Argo 5395.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 29, 2009
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Born in New Orleans in early 1937, the 19-year Clarence Henry Jr. had his first American R`n'B hit in December 1956 with his self-penned "Ain't Got No Home".

In one of the verses of Argo 5259, he began aping and croaking a 'lonely' frog - and the nickname stuck with him for everything afterwards. Which is a shame in some ways, because it kind of pigeonholed him as a one-trick pony - a type of novelty act - and this wonderful 18-track US-only CD compilation from 1994 will go a long way to changing that hopefully - because frankly it's a bit of a revelation.

Here's a track-by-track breakdown - all songs are Argo USA 7" singles (Chess label subsidiary) except 9 and 12, which are album cuts (42:01 minutes):

1. Ain't Got No Home (1956, Argo 5259, A)
2. Troubles, Troubles (1956, Argo 5259, B)
3. Lonely Tramp (1957, Argo 5266, A)
4. It Won't Be Long (1957, 5273, A)
5. Baby Baby Please (1958, Argo 5305, A)
6. I'm In Love (1958, Argo 5305, B)
7. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do [aka "But I Do"] (March 1961, Argo 5378, A)
8. Just My Baby And Me (1961, Argo 5378, B)
9. Your Picture (1961 USA LP "You Always Hurt The One You Love" on Argo 4009)
10. You Always Hurt The One You Love (May 1961, Argo 5388, A)
11. Lonely Street (August 1961, Argo 5395, A)
12. I Love You, Yes I Do (1961 USA LP "You Always Hurt The One You Love" on Argo 4009)
13. Standing In The Need Of Love (1961, Argo 5401, A)
14. On Bended Knees (1961, Argo 5401, B)
15. A Little Too Much (1961, Argo 5408, A)
16. Lost Without You (1962, Argo 5414, A)
17. Long Lost And Worried (1964, Argo 5480, A)
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Clarence Henry born in 1937 is another of a myriad of famous sons to come out of the Crescent City.Clarence had as his early influence Fats Domino and Prof.Longhair.Clarence took formal piano lessons at an early age even playing trombone in his high band.For anyone with a musical leaning New Orleans was and is one of the best places on earth to get an education in that regard,in its' many forms and styles;and Clarence was no exception.He would constantly hang around the many bars listening to the sounds coming from them and artists that created them.Professor Longhair used to wear his hair with Indian braids and when Clarence formed his own group this is the acoutrement he also wore for a time in tribute.
A talent scout heard Clarence playing in a club a blues riff backed with the "I Can Sing like a Frog" lyrics that was such a crowd pleaser.He phoned the boss of chess Records and Leonard Chess himself made the trip from Chicago to hear the young man.He was signed forthwith to the label and in October of /56 the single "Ain't Got No Home" was release and sold like hotcakes.When callers to one New Orleans radio station kept asking for "the frog song" the DJ there was the one who dubbed Clarence the "Frogman" and it stuck.
Clarences' follow ups couldn't match the fercoity of his inital release and it wasn't until 1960 with the release of "I Don't Know Why I Love You(but I do)" that his fortunes were rekindled.He toured the Caribbean and Europe,the USA and Canada right through to the mid 60s.After this his contract with Chess had expired and he returned to New Orleans where he played in clubs to packed houses.He still resides there to this day.
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