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Ain't Got No Home (Clarence "Frogman" Henry song)

"Ain't Got No Home" is a song written and originally recorded by American rhythm-and-blues singer and pianist Clarence "Frogman" Henry. It was released as a single in the United States on December 15, 1956.[1]

"Ain't Got No Home"
Song by Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Written1955
ReleasedDecember 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)
Format7" vinyl single, 10" shellac single
Recorded1956
Genrerhythm and blues
Length2:23
LabelArgo
Songwriter(s)Clarence "Frogman" Henry

The first verse of the song is sung in a man's voice, the second in a girl's voice, and the third in a frog's voice.

In the United States, the song reached no. 3 on one of the Billboard R&B charts[2][3] and no. 20 on the Billboard pop chart, the Top 100.[1][3][4]

HistoryEdit

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.[5] The gimmick earned Henry his nickname of "Frogman" and jump-started a career that endures to this day.[6]

The song was the first big hit released on the Chess subsidiary Argo Records.

AccoladesEdit

The song is ranked no. 98 on the NME magazine's list of 100 Best Songs of the 1950s.[7]

Track listingsEdit

7" single (1956) – Argo Record Corp., cat. no. Arc Music 5259 (US)[8]

  1. "Ain't Got No Home" (2:23)
  2. "Troubles, Troubles" (2:!5)

7" single (1966) – London Records HLU 10025 (UK), Parrot 45 PAR 10822 (US)

  1. "Ain't Got No Home"
  2. "Baby Ain't That Love"[9]

Cover versionsEdit

The song has been covered by many artists including The Band, Suzi Quatro, Buddy Holly, Roscoe Chenier, the New York Dolls, and Jackie Edwards.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Joel Whitburn (2007). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2006. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-172-7.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn (2006). The Billboard Book of Top 40 R & B and Hip-hop Hits. Billboard. ISBN 978-0-8230-8283-4.
  3. ^ a b Donald Clarke (1998). The Penguin encyclopedia of popular music. Penguin Books.
  4. ^ Anthony M. Musso (13 November 2008). Setting the Record Straight: The Music and Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and Early 1960s ... In Their Own Words. AuthorHouse. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-1-4389-5292-5.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 190.
  6. ^ "Biography by Bill Dahl". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "100 Best Songs Of The 1950s". NME. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  8. ^ "Clarence Henry "Frog Man"* - Ain't Got No Home / Troubles, Troubles at Discogs". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  9. ^ "Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home at Discogs". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  10. ^ "ultratop.be - Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home". Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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