Chanteur Country Britannique n en 1941 Birmingham.

Raymond "Froggy" Froggatt was a singer/songwriter who spent much of his tumultuous career struggling to gain recognition. Born in Birmingham, England, he made his debut singing at a Dunlop factory party and received ten cents for his efforts. Froggatt was a sickly child who spent much of his youth battling tuberculosis in the Yardley Sanatorium. He left school in the 1950s to work a series of odd jobs. He had a recurrence of tuberculosis at age 18, and this time it attacked his kidneys and bladder. While isolated at yet another sanatorium, he took up poetry and decided to form a band. After advertising for musicians in the Birmingham Evening Post, he met young guitarist Hartley "H." Cain, bassist Lou Clark, and drummer Len Ablethorpe.
The band began playing the Birmingham club circuit and became regulars at the Belfry, a popular club. There Monopoly gained a devoted following, and was eventually signed by Polydor Records to a five-year contract in 1964. Froggatt's first success came with his song "Red Balloon." Unfortunately, though played on local radio stations for two months, it was badly mishandled and never appeared in stores; later the song became a hit for the Dave Clark Five, and then for Marie Laforet in France. Froggatt signed to Bell Records in 1972, where he and Monopoly cut their first album, Bleach. The album's first single "The Singer" was mishandled by an inept deejay who accidentally played the record too fast on the Roundtable Show. The panelists had a good laugh and the single died then and there. Still, the album sold fairly well.
After his Bell contract expired, Froggatt signed with music entrepreneur Don Arden, who was known as a starmaker and could perhaps provide the singer a chance to make it in the U.S.
Arden put Froggatt on staff for Robbins EMIL Music Publishers and pre-sold all of his future recordings to Warner Brothers. His first single for Warners did nothing, but still the label suggested that he make an album at Richard Branson's Manor studio in Oxford. Rogues and Thieves came out in 1974 and almost made it to the charts, but was for the most part ignored. Arden then made Froggatt and his band tour with the band Wizzard, which played a totally different kind of music. The stress of the tour caused discord with Monopoly and eventually they went their separate ways.
During this time, Froggatt had been working on a musical production based on Shakespeare's life, which Arden sold to ATM Music. It was filmed as a televison movie, but never aired. Arden then founded Jet Records in the U.S. and Froggatt moved there. Though he asked to be released from his contract, Arden refused. Not long after, a dishonest business manager bankrupted Froggatt and he was left destitute. His former bandmate Cain encouraged him to talk to Arden, who helped both men get to the U.S. to record Memphis Moonshine. Unfortunately, it was never released. Froggatt then recorded the album Southern Fried Frog with the hopes of catching the U.S. country market. Unfortunately, it was distributed as a rock album.
In 1979, Froggatt recorded one final album for Arden and was finally released from his contract. He began touring the U.S. as an opening act; though unfavorably received, he didn't let audience hostility stop him. Eventually his persistence paid off and he at last began to get warmer receptions from fans. He ultimately became a very popular figure on the international country music scene; he continued to write his own songs and in 1993 released Here's to Everyone on his label. He published his autobiography, Raymond Who, in 1995.

Talents : Singer, Songwriter

Style musical : Country-Pop, Traditional Country, Country Rock, Folk-Pop

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CALLOW-LA-VITA (1968)

FROGGATT WENT A COURTIN' (1969)

ROLY (1969)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

04/1968 SP POLYDOR 56249 UK) . Callo-La-Vita / Lost Autumn
06/1968 SP POLYDOR 59202 (GER) Callo-La-Vita / Lost Autumn
08/1968 SP POLYDOR 56274 (UK) .

Just A Little Bit Of Love / ABC Gold Fish

10/1968 SP POLYDOR 56284 (UK) .

The Red Balloon / Lost Autumn

11/1968 SP POLYDOR 56294 (UK) .

Roly / Rosalyn

12/1968 SP POLYDOR 59250 (GER) Roly / Lonely Old World
04/1969 SP POLYDOR 56314 (UK) . Anything You Want To / Ring-Ting-A-Ling
05/1969 SP POLYDOR 59276 (GER) Anything You Want To / Ring-Ting-A-Ling
06/1969 SP POLYDOR 56334 (UK) .

Movin' Down South / It's Only Me

10/1969 SP POLYDOR 56358 (UK) . Hasn't The Lord Blessed Us / Lazy Jack
01/1970 SP POLYDOR 59370 (GER) Hasn't The Lord Blessed Us / Lazy Jack
05/1970 SP POLYDOR 2058 028 (UK) .

A Matter Of Pride / Fisher Boy

05/1971 SP BELL BLL 1156 (UK) . The Singer / Church Fete
02/1972 SP BELL BLL 1209 (UK) . Rachel / Kentucky Sue
09/1972 SP BELL BLL 1261 (UK) . Running Water / Rock n' Roll Song
1972 SP BELL ‎2008 112 (GER)

Running Water / Rock n' Roll Song

1973 SP REPRISE K 14296 (UK) . French Painter / The Gun
04/1974 SP REPRISE K 14328 (UK) . Raymond FROGGARD BAND - Roadshow / Salt
01/1975 SP JET JET 749 (UK) . Raymond FROGGARD BAND - Try To Get You Into My Life / This Could Last All Night
06/1978 SP JET S JET 111 (UK) . Give Me A Call / Warm And Special Love
09/1978 SP JET S JET 119 (UK) Me And My Ideas / Luci Mae
04/1980 SP JET JET 181 (UK) .

Kelly / It Doesn't Matter

05/1983 SP ASTRA ESM 405 (UK) Don't Let Me Cry Again / Magic Carpet
11/1986 SP RATPAK RPC 004 (US) . Don't Let Me Cry Again / Jetting
1990 SP R B R.B.0001 (UK)

Maybe The Angels / Maybe The Angels (instr.)









Albums

1969 LP 12" POLYDOR 583 044 (UK) THE VOICE AND WRITING OF RAYMOND FROGGATT - Always Goodbye / Corrina Corrina / Red Balloon (Callow-La-Vita) / Lonely Old World / ABC Goldfish / Sonnet By Hartley Cain / Something's Goin' On / Old Accordion / Froggatt Went A Courtin' / Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair (A Tribute To Stephen Foster) / We're All Going To The Seaside / Roly
1972 LP 12" BELL BELLS 207 (UK) BLEACH - Have You Seen The Children / Teach Me Pa / Sooner Or Later / Louise / Hands Out / The Singer / Must Be Coming Home / Invisible Chain / That's What You Are / Going Away / I'm Sure / Wishgiver
1974 LP 12" REPRISE K44257 (UK) ROGUES AND THIEVES - Raymond FROGGARD BAND - Watchin' The Light / Spin A Thought / Flyin' / You Sing So Blue / Everybody's Losin' / Restless Travellers / Comin' Round / Rogues And Thieves
1978 LP 12" JET JETLP 209 (UK) SOUTHERN FRIED FROG - All Because Of You / Conversations / Luci Mae / Give Me A Call / Me And My Ideas / Warm And Special Love / It Doesn't Matter / Cold As A Landlord's Heart / Top Of The Stairs / Till The Night Is Through
1979 LP 12" JET 35729 (UK) CONVERSATIONS - All Because Of You / Conversations / Luci Mae / Give Me A Call / Me And My Ideas / Warm And Special Love / It Doesn't Matter / Cold As A Landlord's Heart / Top Of The Stairs / Til The Night Is Through
1981 LP 12" Mervyn Conn Presents ‎DSM 002  (UK) STAY WITH ME - I Will Stay With You / Sometimes People Get Hurt / Festival Of Fools / Goodbye In A Letter / The Naz / Bandman / High As Georgia Pines / It's Only The Memories / Fools Rush In / A Smile And A Song
1982 2 LP 12" Toad TOA 10942 (UK) Sooner Or Later :
DISC 1 : Wishgiver / Seaside / Louise / Lonely Old World / Teach Me / Magic Carpet / The Singer / Holy / Going Away
DISC 2 : Red Balloon / I'm Sure / Comin' Home / Movin Down South / Old Accordian / You And I / Big Ship / Sooner Or Later / Always Goodbye / Sonnet
1982 LP 12" ACCORD SN-7166 (UK) WARM AND SPECIAL LOVE - All Because Of You / Conversations / Luci Mae / Give Me A Call / Me And My Ideas / Warm And Special Love / It Doesn't Matter / Cold As A Landlord's Heart / Top Of The Stairs / Til The Night Is Through
1984 LP 12" HAPPY FACE 1032 (UK) WHY - Rainbow Eyes / Charlie / Slow Down / Another Magic Moment / Stone Mountain / White Pearl Handle Gun / Are You Only Foolin' Me / Magic Shadows / Seven Little Ladies / Why
1988 LP 12" TOPAS TF 1328 (UK) Is It Rollin Bob - How The Eagles Fly / Movin' Down South / Wings On My Heels / Do I Really Have A Friend / Without Sally / Just Another Night / Million Miles Away / Travellin' All The Time / It's All Over / Dear Friend
1993 CD RED BALLOON 01 (UK) HERE'S TO EVERYONE - All Because Of You / Somewhere Under The Sun / Fall Apart / Rivers And Mountains / Hurricane / Sunshine / Here's To Everyone / Somethin's Goin' On / I'll Follow You / Here's Two Butterflies / Maybe The Angels / Wings On My Heels / Charlie / Red Balloon / Spin A Thought / Don't Let Me Cry
11/1996 CD RED BALLOON ? (UK) THE COLLECTION - Don't Let Me Cry Again / Belle Of The Ball / Red Balloon / Charlie / Sooner Or Later / Somethin's Goin' On / Wings On My Heels / Old Accordian / Roly / Comin' Home / Minstrel / Festival Of Fools / Magic Shadows / Follow You / Everyone / Lonely Old World
01/1998 CD MOON CREST CRESTCD 025 (UK) MOONSHINE - Canonball / You Pour Out My Soul / Till The Night Is Through / Pearl Handled Gun / Memphis Moonshine / I'll Follow You / Butterflies / Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home / Rivers And Mountains / Dear Friends / Try to Get You Into My Life / This Could Last All Night / Kelly / French Painter / It Doesn't Matter
07/1998 CD MOON CREST 26 (UK) SOUTHERN FRIED FROG & ROGUES AND THIEVES - All Because Of You / Conversations / Luci Mae / Give Me A Call / Me And My Ideas / Warm And Special Love / It Doesn't Matter / Cold As A Landlord's Heart / Top Of The Stairs / Till The Night Is Through / Watchin' The Light / Spin A Thought / Flyin' / You Sing So Blue / Everybody's Losin' / Restless Travellers / Comin' Round / Rogues And Thieves
10/1999 CD RED BALLOON RBMCD 0016 (UK) SOMEDAY - Easy Come Easy Go / Are You Only Foolin' Me / Everybody Falls In Love / I Did It All With You / White Pearl Handle Gun / It's Rainin' / Someday / Kelly / All Because Of You / Binding Me Like A Chain / Dreamin' Of You / Fall Apart / French Painter / Someday / Victoria's Lullaby
1999 CD RED BALLOON ‎RBMCD 0017 (UK) The Collection - Don't Let Me Cry Again / Belle Of The Ball / Red Balloon / Charlie / Sooner Or Later / Somethin's Goin' On / Wings On My Heels / Old Accordian / Roly / Comin' Home / Minstrel / Festival Of Fools / Magic Shadows / Follow You / Everyone / Lonely Old World
07/2001 CD RED BALLOON RBMCD 0021 (UK) RAYMOND FROGGATT IN CONCERT AT BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL - Fanfare - Give Me A Call / Roly / Teach Me Pa / Don't Let Me Cry Again / Wings On My Heels / Charlie / Wishgiver / Under The Sun / Lonely Old World / Life Goes On The Same / Spin A Thought / Runaway / Always Goodbye / Will See You Again I
2001 CD RED BALLOON RBMCD 0023 (UK) NOW & THEN - One Fine Day / My Only Love / No Heartbreaks After All / Letter From New Orleans / Yesterday And Love / Four More Days / Million Miles Away / Unlock The Door / Young And The Old / Victoria / Coast To Coast / There Goes That Song Again
07/2002 CD RED BALLOON RBMCD 0045 (UK) RUNAWAY - Runaway / Goin' Away / Big Ship / Movin' Down South / Belle Of The Ball / The Man Who Stole The Moon / Youthful Days / Cool Summer Air / Bold Guitars / Call Me A Fool / I'll Tell You Why
05/2003 2 CD CASTLE MUSIC CMDDD656 (UK) AS COLD AS A LANDLORD'S HEART - THE JET YEARS :
CD 1 : Watchin' The Light / Spin A Thought / Flyin' / You Sing So Blue / Everybody's Losin' / Restless Travellers / Comin' Round / Rogues And Thieves / All Because Of You / Conversations / Luci Mae / Give Me A Call / Me And My Eyes / Warm And Special Love / It Doesn't Matter / Cold As A Landlord's Heart / Top Of The Stairs / 'Til The Night Is Through
CD 2 : (Pearl Handled) Gun [demo version] / Moonshine [demo version] / French Painter / Gun / It's Raining [demo version] / Roadshow / Salt / Try To Get You Into My Life / This Could Last All Night / Memphis Moonshine / Cannonball / You Pour Out My Soul / Till The Night Is Through / I'll Follow You / Butterflies / Don't It Make You Want To Go Home / Rivers And Mountains / Dear Friend / It's Only the Memories [demo version] / Kelly [demo version] / Kelly
04/2004 CD REPERTOIRE REPUK-1023 (UK) THE VOICE AND WRITING OF RAYMOND FROGGATT - Always Goodbye / Corrina Corrina / Red Balloon (Callow-La-Vita) / Lonely Old World / ABC Goldfish / Sonnet By Hartley Cain / Something's Goin' On / Old Accordion / Froggatt Went A Courtin' / Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair (A Tribute To Stephen Foster) / We're All Going To The Seaside / Roly / Bonus : Callow-La-Vita [single mix] / Lost Autumn / Just A Little Bit Of Love / ABC Goldfish [single mix] / Roly [single mix] / Time Goes By / Ring Ting A Ling / Anything You Want

Rocky Productions 1/12/2013