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Blakeview: Clarence “Frogman” Henry and “Ain’t Got No Home” 

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This week we mark the 60th anniversary of the release of a local classic, "Ain't Got No Home." Clarence "Frogman" Henry's signature song was released Oct. 27, 1956. The New Orleans native, a regular performer on Bourbon Street in his teens, wrote the song, which features his imitation of a girl, a boy and a croaking frog. It wasn't expected to do much, with most radio stations instead playing the record's A-side, "Troubles, Troubles." Henry later told the Rockabilly Hall of Fame that local disc jockey Poppa Stoppa began playing "Ain't Got No Home" instead, to the delight of listeners. "They didn't know the title of the song or who was singing it so they said, 'Play the frog song by the Frogman!'" Henry had a new nickname and a hit on his hands. He even toured with the Beatles, opening at their 1964 concert in New Orleans City Park. Now 79 years old, Henry's songs, including "But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love," have been featured in movies and on TV. He still performs often in New Orleans and on the road.

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