Song of the Day: Clarence “Frogman” Henry, “Ain’t Got No Home”

Happy 84th birthday to Clarence "Frogman" Henry, an R&B singer and pianist best known for his 1957 hit, "Ain’t Got No Home." Wikipedia tells us "Clarence Henry used his trademark croak to improvise the song ‘Ain’t Got No Home’ one night in 1955. Chess Records’ A&R man Paul Gayten heard the song, and had Henry record it in Cosimo Matassa’s studio in September 1956. Initially promoted by local DJ Poppa Stoppa, the song eventually rose to number 3 on the national R&B chart and number 20 on the US pop chart. The gimmick earned Henry his nickname of "Frogman" and jump-started a career that endures to this day. The song was the first big hit released on the Chess subsidiary Argo Records."

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Clarence “Frogman” Henry, “Ain’t Got No Home”

  1. What a different way to do a song. I have heard this before but it’s been a while. I like it.

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