Raymond William Froggatt (also known as "Froggy") was born in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, UK on 13 November 1941, and is a British songwriter and singer. Froggatt began performing rock and roll in the early 1960s and soon gained a reputation for his well-crafted songs and exciting live performances. FroggattÔs 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 FroggyÔs "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 1970s the band was managed by Don Arden, hoping to break into the United States music scene, but the experience led to the collapse of the band. Froggy has a large live following: his unique mix of country music and rock and roll is popular with audiences all over the world. FroggyÔs band now comprises long-time colleague Hartley Cain on guitar, bassist Jamie Davey and Rosie Heywood on drums.