Raymond Froggatt was born in Birmingham. Froggie, as he is known by his fans, started his working days as a pipe lagger, night time would be spent singing in the pubs and secretly writing poetry in his spare time. 40 years ago he teamed up with guitarist Hartley Cain, bassist Louis Clark and drummer Len Ablethorpe to form the Raymond Froggatt Band.
Before long he managed to get a gig in Wolverhampton, and the city has held a special place in his heart ever since. "This was the only place, at the start, where we could go out and feel like we were somebody good," said Raymond, 'this town made us feel we had something to offer just by singing our own songs”.
He once beat Willie Nelson into second place as top international singer. The man who made over 40 records, and has written around 3,000 songs, is still going strong, and is back touring this year. He summed up his own career best when he said back in 1986; "What I would like to be remembered for is what I do best: that I could entertain, and that it was fun; for people to look back and say: 'We had a great night with Froggy.'“I wouldn't wish for better than that".
With classics like A Smile and a Song, Everybody Falls in Love, Red Balloon and Victoria’s Lullaby his concerts are sold out across the country and abroad. The Froggie followers arrive at the shows clutching their frogs with green scarves waving. Froggie writes and sings his own songs mesmerising his audience, making them laugh with one of his many stories or cry with emotion with a song that touches the heart like no other. An evening with Raymond Froggatt is pure magic, an evening not to be missed.
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Wednesday 2 September, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50, £18.50
Ticket Office: 01793 524481