Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Get on Down With The Frogman!

Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Come On And Dance

New Orleans singer/pianist Clarence "Frogman" Henry's place in rock 'n' roll history is cemented by the novelty classic "Ain't Got No Home" (from which his nickname derived) and the more stylish pop sound of "But I Do" and "You Always Hurt The One You Love." Henry's Fats Domino-styled sound gave him quite a few big records for Argo in the '50s and early '60s, but the latter decade wore on, Henry's sound became somewhat outmoded and his commercial successes waned despite fine records for Parrot and Dial (his Dial record "That's When I Guessed" is a favorite of mine and is featured in Episode #8 of the podcast). Henry kept performing, however, and remains a fixture in New Orleans to the present day. Check out the Frogman's website for more info.

Hot Slop's Rob Baker turned me on to "Come On And Dance," a 1962 Argo single by the Frogman, and I think it's worth featuring today. This groover finds Henry slinging the dance lyrics about with joyous abandon while pumping the keys in his usual rockin' style while a chirping girl chorus and blasting horns keep the groove moving. I dare you to sit still on this one!

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