Fergie Frederiksen Biography
Fergie Frederiksen was born Dennis Hardy Frederiksen April 10. 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. His familiy emigrated from Denmark to the states more than 100 years ago.
Even though Fergie is most known for being a former vocalist in TOTO, he has done a lot of other stuff too. Trillion, LeRoux, Frederiksen/Philips and David London to name some of his bands/projects. ... This year Fergie made his first ever solo album (except of David London), released in February 1999, called "Equilibrium".
Fergie with his high pitching voice made his debut as a singer at an early age. Fergie started his musical career at the age of 13, and he played clubs and pubs at the age of 15 with musicians three times his own age! Fergie remembers those days as a great time of his life, and he tells us that he really learned a lot from his older playmates. Fergie realised by coinsidence that he could sing, and he therefore decided that he would try to make a living out of ità
Frederiksen moved to Chicago in 1975 and replaced Tommy Shaw in the band MS Funk. Tommy and Fergie had been friends and Shaw suggested Fergie as his replacement when he moved on to join Styx. Shortly after Fergie met Patrick Leonard and together they formed Trillion who was shortly picked up by Epic Records. After one record Fergie left the band and joined LeRoux, which he released an album with in 1983 (So fired up). In the meantime Fergie decided to move out to Los Angeles in 1980 and started to get involved in a lot of session work, through this he met bassplayer and producer Ricky Phillips. They build up a close friendship and they are still the best of pals. LeRoux totally cracked up as a band, and after this Fergie started a band with Phillips, drummer Pat Torpey, guitarist Tim Pierce, guitarist Scott Sheets and keboardplayer John Purdell. The band was called Abandon Shame.
Thats when Ricky Phillips gave a video to his friend Jeff Porcaro.
öAnd the next thing I know was that I was asked to join Toto who were looking for a new singer after the demise of Bobby Kimballö says Fergie and continues, öRicky and the other guys in Abandon Shame was very understanding as it was a huge chance to join Totoö. Fergie recorded öIsolationö with Toto, öIt was a adventurous albumö Fergie recalls, ö It was a band who took a chance of doing a album not in any way as commercial as their previous album, it was a album heavier and more rogressive. But still to this day a great album.ö Due to various reasons was Fergie to leave Toto only after one album. Today Fergie feels nothing bad about his former playmates in TOTO, life is good for him anyway, so why should he?
Fergie decided to put away the microphone for awhile. ö I was basiclly burnt out , not so much as for the music but more as for how the whole industry works and all this hassle and bullshit you have to deal with apart from doing good musicö. After some years in the restaurant business, Fergie felt the passion for music again, and he recorded an album with his all time buddy Ricky Phillips (Frederiksen / Phillips), released in 1994.
After this Fergie felt that he wanted to live for and by the music again, and he has now his brilliant solo album öEquilibriumö out in the stores. Fergie is also a member of the öThe World Classic Rockersö, a band that plays a lot of hits from different musicians from former great bands, we could name some names: Denny Laine, Spencer Davis, Randy Meisner, Michael Monarch, Nick St. Nicholas, Kirt Griffey, Steve Stewart, Ron Wikso, and of course Fergie himself.