Who was Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen?
Dennis Hardy “Fergie” Frederiksen, former vocalist for Toto, Le Roux, the glam-rock band Angel and Trillion died yesterday January 18, following an almost four year fight with cancer. Frederiksen was perhaps best known for his work on Toto’s 1984 release Isolation and its accompanying single “Stranger in Town”.
Frederiksen also performed on the prog-rock band Trillion’s premiere platter in 1978. He also sang backing vocals on Survivor’s hit album Eye of the Tiger in 1982 and was featured on the 1983 album So Fired Up by La Roux which included the hit single “Carrie’s Gone”.
In the summer of 2010 Frederiksen reported to the press that he had “been diagnosed with inoperable cancer.” The difficult medical treatments that followed did not keep him from working; however, as he went on to record and release two additional solo discs—Happiness is the Road in 2011 and Any Given Moment in 2013.
Late yesterday the news of his passing was posted on Frederiksen’s official website as well as his Facebook page. The informal statement read as follows: “It is with a heavy heart I tell you that my soul brother Fergie Frederiksen passed away today. He was in no pain, his legacy lives on!”
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