Froggy

Froggy

Real Name:
Steven Howlett
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British soul/funk DJ.

Born: 8 November 1949 in Whitechapel, London, England, UK.
Died: 28 March 2008 in Goodmayes, Essex/East London, England, UK (aged 58).

Froggy 'The Mixmaster' inspired many in the art of DJing. It was in the late 1970s at the Regency Suite in Chadwell Heath near his Goodmayes, Essex home that Froggy would start to wow loyal crowds and fellow jocks like Pete Tong with the then-new technique of mixing.

It was only when Froggy returned from a seminar in New York with the knowledge and inspiration of how to mix the different beats of two records over the top of each other, that it really became possible in the UK. Froggy purchased two Technics 1200 MKII turntables whilst on a trip to New York in 1979 and had them shipped back to England due to them not being available in the UK at the time. In the same three-day trip he visited the legendary Studio 54 and Paradise Garage clubs, plus a seminar which taught him how to mix on specially customised mixing units. It was an experience that would change his life forever.

Froggy went on to become the first DJ in the country to take two sets of Technics 1200 decks on the road, using a mixer he had designed himself with, Matamp Super Nova, a UK-based company. At that stage he had already toured the country with Dave Lee Travis, DJ-ing at his "Radio One Roadshows" and had gone on to present a regular 25 minute soul/disco session on the DLT show.

Meeting New York innovators like Larry Levan took Froggy to a new level. Indeed, it was the crisp yet powerful sound systems at Larry's resident clubs, Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, that would prove the forerunner for the now legendary Froggy Sound System.

In 1980, and within months of his return from the Big Apple, the system was wowing more than 15,000 people at a soul all-dayer at Knebworth and would go on to be a regular attraction at the Caister Soul Weekenders.

In the mid 1980s, Froggy's radio edits, through his work at the BBC with producer Dave Atky, would become equally as influential as he started attracting the attention of many major artists. He went on to produce the radio edits of tracks like The Real Thing's "You To Me Are Everything", Changes "Change Of Heart", Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill", Cameo's "Back And Forth", Dougie Fresh's "The Show And Booker Newbury, and III's "Love Town".

By 1990 Froggy, who had enjoyed previous stints at BBC Radio 1 with Peter Powell had his own show on London's Capital Radio.

Sadly, he died at home from a brain haemorrhage on 28 March 2008. He was 58 years old.
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Froggy Discography

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E 9910 (T) Klymaxx The Man In My Life (Remix by Fred Dove and Froggy) Klymaxx - The Man In My Life(12", Single) Solar E 9910 (T) UK 1982 Sell This Version
B.T. Express Featuring William Robinson B.T. Express Featuring William Robinson - This Must Be The Night (Re-mix) (Single) Record Shack Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Booker Newberry III Love Town (Froggy Mix) Booker Newberry III - Teddy Bear / Love Town (Froggy Mix) Montage Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Kenny G (2) Hi, How Ya Doin'? (Instrumental Rap) and 1 more… Kenny G (2) - Hi, How Ya Doin'? (Single) Arista, Arista UK 1983 Sell This Version
Break Machine Break Machine - Are You Ready (Single, Maxi) Record Shack Records, Record Shack Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
WEND 125 Senses* Boy (Trick Mix) Senses* - If You Can Count(12", Single) West End Records, Arista WEND 125 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew*, Doug E Fresh* & M.C. Ricky D The Show (UK Gadget Version) Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew*, Doug E Fresh* & M.C. Ricky D - The Show (Single) Cooltempo, Cooltempo UK 1985 Sell This Version
WOKX 2 Kevin Kitchen Tightspot (Superclub Mix) Kevin Kitchen - Tightspot (Superclub Mix)(12") China Records WOKX 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FROGX 1, 881 949-1 James Brown James Brown - Froggy Mix(12", Mixed) Boiling Point, Polydor FROGX 1, 881 949-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
883 828-1 James Brown It's A Man's Man's Man's World / Make It Funky / My Thang / Soul Power / Funky President (People It's Bad) / Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud / Give It Up Or Turnit Loose / Honky Tonk James Brown - Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved ) / Froggy Mix(12", EP, P/Mixed) Polydor 883 828-1 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
Osibisa The Lion's Walk Osibisa - Wholly Bully / The Lion's Walk (EP) Palace Records (3) UK 1985 Sell This Version
SHAK 1 DJ Shakatak Shakatak - Megamix(12", Promo, S/Sided) Boiling Point, Polydor SHAK 1 DJ UK 1985 Sell This Version
Various Passion (Froggy Remix) Various - Funkytown Vol. 1 (Comp) Rush Records Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Nazz Nasko No More (Froggy Remix) Nazz Nasko - No More Columbia UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix '76-'86) The Real Thing - The Best Of The Real Thing (Comp) PRT Europe 1986 Sell This Version
The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix '76 - '86) The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix 76 - 86) (Single, Maxi) PRT UK 1986 Sell This Version
Kenny G (2) Hi, How Ya Doin'? (Detention Mix) Kenny G (2) - Champagne / What Does It Take? / Hi, How Ya Doin'? (Maxi) Arista UK 1986 Sell This Version
William Bell Passion (Froggy Mix) William Bell - Passion (The Froggy Mix) (Single) Tout Ensemble Records, Tout Ensemble Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
TVLP 13 Various You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix '76-'86) Various - Dance Hits 2(LP, Comp) Towerbell Records TVLP 13 UK 1986 Sell This Version
C.C.YX 1 The C.C.R. Crew Stretchin' The Pieces (Now Thats Played Out Remix) and 1 more… The C.C.R. Crew - Stretchin' The Pieces(12") Circle City Records C.C.YX 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
C.C.YT6 The C.C.R Crew* The C.C.R Crew* - The House Slap(12") Circle City Records C.C.YT6 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CCY 4 Nat Augustin Underneath The Sheets (Theme Mix) Nat Augustin - Underneath The Sheets(12") Circle City Records CCY 4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Various You To Me Are Everything (Decade Remix) Various - Move On Up - Soul & Dance Classics Of The 70's (Comp) EMI Germany Europe 1991 Sell This Version
Real Thing* You To Me Are Everything (The Decade Remix 76 - 86) Real Thing* - Can You Feel The Force / You To Me Are Everything Old Gold (2) UK 1989 Sell This Version
CMC 3072 Various You To Me Are Everything (Decade Remix) Various - Castle Masters Collection - The Dance Collection(CD, Comp) Castle Music CMC 3072 Germany 1992 Sell This Version