Clarence “Frogman” Henry was a New Orleans musician who died in 1980. He is best known for his recordings of “Ain’t Got No Home” and “I Can’t Turn You Loose.” His story is one that is shrouded in mystery, with many unanswered questions about the man’s life and death. Frogman’s real name was Clarence Henry Joseph.
He got the “frog” nickname from his propensity to wear a frog suit and stand in front of clubs asking for donations. No one knows how he became known as Frogman, but by that time it seems like most people assumed that this must have been his lifelong nickname because no one ever knew him without the costume. Indeed, there are only two pictures on record of Clarence before he adopted the frog-suit look.
In both pictures he is clean cut and wearing clothes normally associated with a 1950s jazz musician or coat check person: white shirt, black bow tie and slacks-more formal than anything else we associate with traditional Mardi Gras costuming now.