As well as being a real long-standing favourite of Wolverhampton gig-goers, Froggy has a large live following: his unique mix of country music and rock and roll is popular with audiences all over the world.
Froggatt began performing rock and roll in the early 1960’s and soon gained a reputation for his well-crafted songs and exciting live performances.
Froggatt’s band, initially known as the Buccaneers, later Monopoly and ultimately The Raymond Froggatt Band, and whose bassist was Louis Clark of ELO and Hooked on Classics fame, were signed by Polydor in 1964 but success eluded them, although the Dave Clark Five had a #7 hit with Froggy’s “Red Balloon” in 1968. His own version of the song, under the title “Callow la Vita”, reached #3 in the Netherlands. Another Froggy song, “Big Ship”, was a #8 hit for Cliff Richard in 1969. In the 1970’s the band was managed by Don Arden, hoping to break into the US music scene, but the experience led to the collapse of the band.
Froggy’s band now comprises long-time colleague Hartley Cain on guitar, bassist Jamie Davey and Rosie Heywood on drums.
Raymond Froggatt plays The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton on Sunday 10th March 2013. Tickets priced £14.00 are available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at Wolves Civic Hall