Rod Stewart vs. Clarence “Frogman” Henry

Rod Stewart vs. Clarence “Frogman” Henry

I overhead a very familiar melody the other day, pulled out Shazam on my iPhone and discovered it was a song called  “Ain’t Got No Home” by Clarence “Frogman” Henry.  Then I realized that this is something Rod Stewart incorporated in his version of “Some Guys Have All the Luck” (originally released by The Persuaders in 1973 sans this refrain). So, does Henry deserve a writing credit??

Have a listen:

Rod Stewart - "Some Guys Have All the Luck" (1984)

Clarence 'Frogman' Henry - "Ain't Got No Home" (1956)

Check out this other post for Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (1977) and Jorge Ben Jor – “Taj Mahal” (1972)

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6 Replies to “Rod Stewart vs. Clarence “Frogman” Henry”

  1. Travis

    hows this one sound?

    and before u wonder how i came across this

    had to watch my little cousin and they had a old tape of the 1st link i sent..

    some reason this comparison just seemed to click

    i know i been off alot lately though so it could just be me

    1. Mark Adams

      It’s not just you. Ray Barone summed it up in an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (it had occurred to me before I saw the episode) when he sung This Old Man to Deborah then said “now think much slower and think of the kids’ favourite purple dinosaur”, he also discussed Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the Alphabet Song, not realising the similar passage in Baa Baa Black Sheep.

      Still, some of these uses of other melodies in children’s songs took a while for me to notice or even had to be pointed out to me, especially when the lyrics have a different number of syllables to the original: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes has the same melody as There’s a Tavern in the Town; same case with Do Your Ears Hang Low? and Turkey in the Straw; Little Peter Rabbit and Glory, Glory Hallelujah; The Animals Go Marching/The Ants Go Marching and When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, but this doesn’t do the history of the melody justice and I’ve said before about the others; Michael Finnegan and Ten Little Indians; a song about Milkshakes from Pipsqueaks and Sitting on Top of the World by Delta Goodrem (2010) and there were similarities between a song from Toybox and Love Somebody, a duet Doris Day did.

  2. Mark Adams

    I’m assuming this segment isn’t in the original version of Some Guys Have All the Luck. Anyway, it seems sometimes Rod has done it accidentally, for example, the story goes that he was on holiday and was drunk when he wrote DYTIS and didn’t realise where it came from. When approached by Taj Mahal the correspondence was very civil and Rod rectified the situation. For more evidence, check out The Balltrap (1976).

    Sounds like Rockin’ All Over the World by John Fogerty (1975) and this is after he changed it. The Deluxe Edition of A Night On the Town contains an early version of The Balltrap. I guess it’s at your discretion whether to include the early version or not.
    You may be more familiar with the Status Quo version, but as they didn’t release their version until 1977, Rod must have been familiar with the original, which I think was a hit at the time. Here is the original.

  3. Mark Adams

    Sorry, must have missed that about sans this refrain. Disregard the first sentence of my previous comment under this post.


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