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David London aka Dennis Hardy Frederiksen, Fergie started out as a musician, singing came as a natural progression of performing with local bands.
In his role as David London he first appeared on the soundtrack of “Can’t Stop The Music.”
His contribution to the soundtrack were two tracks, both of which appeared on a promotional-only Casablanca 12″ single. “Samantha” a tribute to the Valerie Perrine character in the movie, and the opening-credits track. “Sound Of The City” was the best thing on the album.
It’s rousing big band, horn blaring, cymbal crashing feel good atmosphere made it one of the year’s club favorites. I remember spinning it at the time and extending it for a good 20 minutes to the crowds delight.
His association with Morali spilled over into his contributing vocals to the Village People’s release “Renaissance.” He can also be heard on the additional soundtracks of
“Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,”
“All American Traffic Jam” and “Executioner’s Song.”
In Fergie became the lead singer for Le Roux, who had scored their biggest hit, yet, the year before with the Top 20 single
“Nobody Said It Was Easy.”
The subsequent album, “So Fired Up,” produced the minor hit “Carrie’s Gone” written about Fergie’s relationship with comedienne Carol Burnett’s daughter, actress / singer Carrie Hamilton.
After the breakup of Le Roux, Fergie next formed a group called Abandoned Shame, which included long-time friend, bass player Ricky Phillips, who had been with The Babys and would be in Bad English, and drummer Pat Torpey, who would end up with Mr. Big.
Before the band could secure a deal, ended up in the hands of Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro. Toto, which was coming off of the phenomenal commercial success of their album “Toto IV,” was in need of a lead singer to replace long-time member Bobby Kimball and enlisted Fergie.
Instead of rehashing the successful formula of “Toto IV,” the band, with Fergie on lead vocals, pursued an edgier direction. He did manage to eke out Gold-selling status and spawn a Top 30 hit, “Stranger In Town.”
Following “Isolation,” Fergie chose to leave the music business for an extended period of time.
He returned to release a solo album, “Equilibrium,” which featured Ricky Phillips, and he also became a member of World Class Rockers, which consisted of former members of Wings, Spencer Davis Group, and The Eagles (among others).
Fergie appeared on the self-titled release by the band Mecca, which included former Toto bassist David Hungate.