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David London – Samantha/Sound of The City (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 20th, 2012


Born Dennis Hardy (“Fergie”) Frederiksen on May 15th, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fergie started out as a musician and by 1964 was already performing with musicians much older than himself in nearby clubs. His singing came as a natural progression of performing with local bands. By the time Fergie had graduated high school he realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a singer, not as a musician.

Old friend and guitarist Tommy Shaw recommended Fergie as his replacement in the Chicago based group MS Funk, when Shaw was leaving to join another Chicago outfit, Styx, so Fergie moved across the lake to the windy city in 1975. His stint with MS Funk was as brief as the groups career. In less than two years the group was gone. While with the band he met pianist Patrick Leonard, (also from Michigan), the two formed a friendship that turned into the formation of Trillion. Fergie recorded the groups debut album with Leonard in 1978 (Epic Records)
before leaving to pursue a solo career. Leonard continued for a second album with Trillion before later scoring hits for Madonna, Jody Watley and Elton John, among others.

To further his solo career Fergie moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and began session work. This session work would lead to his meeting producer Jacques Morali and becoming “David London.” In his role as David London he first appeared in 1980 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.

The songs were written and produced by Morali and Henri Belolo. Given the climate of music, particularly the death of disco, and the fact that Neil Bogart (head of Casablanca Records) was trying to distance himself and the company from it’s “disco” image are probably two of the main reasons there was not another David London 12″ single. He did release a 1981 “David London” album, but it failed to chart. Hiassociation with Morali & Belolo spilled over into his contributing vocals to the Village People’s 1981 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.”

Samantha (Extended Version) 5:07

The Sound Of The City 4:31

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company sleeve)

Label: Casablanca Records – NBD 20215 DJ
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1980
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits:Arranged By – Horace Ott
Executive Producer – Henri Belolo
Producer – Jacques Morali

From the Casablanca Soundtrack album
“Can’t Stop The Music”

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16 Responses to “David London – Samantha/Sound of The City (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. jbird Says:

    Cool rarity, Paul. A great follow-up post would be other rare 12″ mixes from “Can’t Stop The Music,” especially the Disco Mix of the title track by The Village People. I’m just sayin’…



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Jbird would love to post that one but my copy is in not so great condition so it will have to wait until I can replace it. Have a great weekend.


  2. giorgio-greece Says:

    another big surprise !!!!

    thanx a lot Paul!!!!

    i’m in love with this place!!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Aaah you’re welcome Giorgio 🙂


  3. VanceMan Says:

    I always thought both of these songs were surprisingly strong. There was a custom video for “Samantha” that I still remember very clearly. (I also very clearly remember Steve Guttenberg roller skating down the streets of Manhattan.)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi VanceMan I have this movie on DVd and just watched it. That Steve Guttenberg scene is the best part of the movie in my opinion. Love it!


  4. ric Says:

    Steve Guttenberg! *squeals*
    Who knew a BTG post would bring him back to my consciousness!
    When I was a wee lad, saw many of Steve’s movie. Not quite the swashbuckling leading man, but I’ve always found him to be cute, funny, fit and so huggable! His hairy chest didn’t hurt! LOL!
    ok, back to the music…the soundtrack is fabulous! Camp and so much fun. Didn’t realize this was a single too, so thanks for the post and rip, Paul!
    Happy weekend!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Ric we must have the same taste lol. I have always had a soft spot for Steve Guttenberg he was just so darn cute 🙂 Happy weekend!


  5. Philphila Says:

    I have to agree with the other guys here – “Samantha” was always a highlight of this so-bad-it’s-good movie for me! Might have to dig the DVD up and watch today… Thank you!!


  6. DjPaulT Says:

    Philphila you’re welcome. It would be a great movie to watch on a Saturday 🙂


  7. francis Says:

    I look for the fabulous remixes from Tony Humphries of “Leash Called Love” the Sugarcubes.
    long life to your site and you!


  8. Alf Says:

    You really shake my brain…This song was lost deeper in my mind…Thanks for this…;)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Alf 🙂


  9. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. Didn’t have this one before.


  10. Dan Says:


    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just discovered your site earlier this week (and stayed up much too late that first night as a result). I’ve been slowly making CDs of my vinyl after cleaning-up the sound using software. I know what a time consuming task this can be so I am especially appreciative of all that you’ve done to restore and archive these recordings. You’re the Smithsonian for dance music.

    I was very happy to find this David London 12″ on your site as my copy (purchased at a used record store) is in very poor condition. I hope you can find better copies of the Village People 12″ singles from “Can’t Stop the Music” so you can post them here.

    Thanks also for offering Paypal – it makes it easy to donate.

    I have noticed that when I attempt to download some songs I am asked to download ilivid software. I’m not sure if this legit so I haven’t downloaded any of those songs. Can you please let me know if this is safe?

    thanks again,


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Dan glad to have you onboard 🙂 Many of the older links from 2010/2011 no longer work because the site that was hosting them was shut down. Since that time I have been slowly re-ripping these titles because also seince then I have upgraded my equipment and the rips sound much better. From time to time you will see me post a Re-Rip Newly Remastered post that is an old post getting a new treatment. do not download ilivid it is spyware.



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