He was born and spent his first years in the Jordaan, a neighbourhood in Amsterdam. His father, Bolle Jan, had a cafe that Froger started performing in. He began with Ted de Braak and Mini en Maxi and in 1987 he released his first single, Love Leave Me. Major success eluded him until Winter in America entered the Dutch Top 40. Later that year, he teamed up with the popular Dutch band Het Goede Doel to top the Dutch charts with Alles kan een mens gelukkig maken (Everything can make a man happy).