Ain't Got No Home: The Best of Clarence "Frogman" Henry

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Scoring an unexpected novelty hit with the title track in 1956, Henry disappeared from the charts for four years before roaring back with two smashes in the early '60s, "I Don't Know Why But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love." Actually, Clarence recorded a fair number of singles for Chess' Argo subsidiary between 1956 and 1964 in the relaxed New Orleans R&B styles of his big hits. Ain't Got No Home includes 18 of these sides, most of which were previously unavailable on U.S. album. Henry developed slightly over the course of his career, adding beefier horn sections that occasionally reached back to the spirit of Dixieland. Crescent City legends like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Scoring an unexpected novelty hit with the title track in 1956, Henry disappeared from the charts for four years before roaring back with two smashes in the early '60s, "I Don't Know Why But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love." Actually, Clarence recorded a fair number of singles for Chess' Argo subsidiary between 1956 and 1964 in the relaxed New Orleans R&B styles of his big hits. Ain't Got No Home includes 18 of these sides, most of which were previously unavailable on U.S. album. Henry developed slightly over the course of his career, adding beefier horn sections that occasionally reached back to the spirit of Dixieland. Crescent City legends like saxophonist Lee Allen and pianists Allen Toussaint and Paul Gayton crop up on these sessions; when Henry traveled to Memphis for a session, he was backed by the all-star band of Bill Justis guitar, Boots Randolph sax, and Floyd Cramer piano. A bit more eccentric and unpredictable than Fats Domino, not as contemporary or inventive as, say, Lee Dorsey, Henry's vocals were consistently warm and humorous, his recordings always polished. That said, the hits remain the standouts on this collection. The rest is pleasant and fun, but don't vary much from the prototype or cause exceptional interest. A couple tracks worth noting are "I Love You, Yes I Do," an R&B ballad subsequently covered by several acts during the '60s, and the 1964 single "Long Lost and Worried," written by a young Dr. John. The informative booklet includes a neat photo of Clarence with the Beatles, ironic considering that the British Invasion made types like Clarence an anachronism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/1994
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732934623
  • Catalog Number: 9346
  • Sales rank: 12,972

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Primary Artist, Piano, Trombone, Vocals
Paul Gayten Piano
Floyd Cramer Piano
Lee Allen Tenor Saxophone
Bill Justis Guitar
Justin Adams Guitar
John Boudreaux Drums
Frank Fields Bass
George French Bass
Smokey Johnson Drums
Waldron "Frog" Joseph Trombone
Roy Montrell Guitar
Walter Nelson Guitar
Nat Perrilliat Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Quezergue Trumpet
Boots Randolph Tenor Saxophone
Allen Toussaint Piano
Charles "Hungry" Williams Drums
Eugene Jones Drums
Edgar "Big Boy" Myles Trombone
Chuck Badie Bass
Morris Basmfut Tenor Saxophone
Dalton Rousseaux Trumpet
Eddie Smith Saxophone
Technical Credits
Paul Gayten Producer
Bill Justis Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Erick Labson Remastering
Dave Booth Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rush is Right

    Every time I here the homeless update on the EIBNetwork. I get my copy of "FROGMAN'S" album so I can hear the full song. Blessings to the frogman for having the guts to do the song.

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