Raymond Froggatt (known as "Froggy") began performing rock and roll in the early 1960s with his band, initially the Buccaneers, later Monopoly and ultimately The Raymond Froggatt Band. Dave Clark Five had a No. 7 hit in the UK Singles Chart with Froggatt's "The Red Balloon" in 1968. His own version of the song, under the title "Callow la Vita", reached No. 3 in the Netherlands. Another Froggatt song, "Big Ship", was a No. 8 UK hit for Cliff Richard in 1969.