Louisiana's Le Roux, as they were originally known, started out as a country/Dixie style rock outfit in the mid seventies. They were originally formed by percussionist Bobby Campo, bassist Leon Medica, drummer Dave Peters, guitarist/vocalist Jeff Pollard, keyboard player Ron Roddy and guitarist/vocalist Tony Haselden. Their first two albums, "Louisiana's Le Roux" in 1978 and "Keep the Fire Burning" in 1979, were more Southern/country in style, but they adopted a more commercially acceptable AOR style from this third album onwards. They went on to release a further two albums before splitting in the mid eighties. Fergie Frederiksen, vocalist on Le Roux's final album, "So Fired up" in 1983, went on to feature with Toto in 1984, and he recently released a very good solo album. Le Roux recently reformed and released a new album.
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Biography by Doug Stone
Named for a creole sauce, this
unit came together working as an
in-house rhythm section at
Studio in the County, a major
recording hub in Bogalusa, LA.
Staff producer Leon Medica
picked up the bass, Rod Roddy
took the keys, Bobby Campo
tooted the flute and horn, David
Peters manned the drums, and
Jeff Pollard stepped out in
front with his guitar. The crew
worked steadily behind local
legends like Clifton Chenier and
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Soon
the quintet toured as the Jeff
Pollard Band. Inking a contract
with Capitol in 1977, the group
became Louisiana's Le Roux, and
guitarist Tony Haselden came
aboard for the release of a
self-titled work in early 1978.
"New Orleans Ladies" got some
attention and led to Keep the
Fire Burnin' (a title copped by
REO?) and the Jai
Winding-produced UP (inspired by
Russ Meyer?). The boys toured
steadily and can be heard on the
Charlie Daniels wax Volunteer
Jam VI. Louisiana's Le Roux also
shone on the Midnight Special
and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
In 1981, Le Roux truncated it's
moniker and signed with RCA.
Label debut Last Safe Place
featured polished album rock and
clawed at some limited airtime.
"Addicted" garnered MTV showings
and the band performed on Solid
Gold. Then Pollard and Campo
jumped ship (Pollard starting a
Christian ministry), making way
for young fellow Baton Rouge
native Jim Odom on lead guitar.
Odom attended Berklee on a Down
Beat scholarship, and
subsequently formed Asia (not
the supergroup, who consulted
with Odom prior to taking the
name to great heights) before
joining Le Roux. Rock star
Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen left
Chicago pomp-band Trillion to
sing lead on So Fired Up (Minor
hit "Carrie's Gone" details
Frederiksen's liaison with Carol
Burnett's daughter). Eschewing
all R&B roots and considered a
classic by many AOR elitists, So
Fired Up did not prevent RCA
from dumping Le Roux.
Frederiksen immediately moved on
to Toto. Medica and Haselden
then ventured into songwriting.
Various members of Le Roux
reformed in the '90s behind a
decent collection called Bayou
The Average White Band
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