Words from Bobby Kimball to Fergie

To my friend, Fergie:

 Good day Fergie. First, let me tell you that I really admire the courage you’ve
shown during this “practically impossible” battle you’ve been dealing with over
the past several years. One moment, I hear that you’re not going to make it
through another week, …..then Klaus writes to me and tells me that you’ve gained
strength, and are getting ready to record a new CD. There are so few people on
this Earth who possess this kind of tenacity, and the “Strong Will” to keep up a
vigorous fight for their life. I’m very proud to know you, which makes me happy,
and I have a deep respect for your persistence, in keeping up your battle to stay
on this Earth with the people who love you, and appreciate your unrestrained
talent.

In 1974, I left a great band in Louisiana, and moved to LA to sing with 3 members
from the group, “Three Dog Night” (my favorite band at that time),  just after the
singers had left the band. I didn’t realize it at the time, but you took my place
in that “Louisiana band” when I left there, and I’m certain you really shook things
up for them with that voice of yours. When I went home to Louisiana to get inducted
into The Louisiana Musician’s Hall of Fame last year, our old band, “Louisiana’s
LeRoux”, was the group I sang with during the induction ceremony. They still sound
fantastic, and I’m certain you had just as hard a time leaving them as I did,
….so many years ago. However, when a great opportunity knocks, it’s best to
follow your heart, and move on up the ladder, even though you have to leave an
incredible band of friends. I was with that band, “S.S. Fools” (the “Three Dog
Night” guys), for about a year and a half, but we weren’t making enough money to
stay alive. I was so fortunate to have met Jeff and David at most of the “S.S.
Fools” rehearsals, because about 6 weeks after I left “S.S. Fools”, Jeff & David
mentioned that they would like for me sing with their new band. They were the two
guys who started the band,…not to mention the most talented players and writers.
After being out of “S.S. Fools” for about 6 weeks, they called me and asked if I
would be interested in singing with their new band, …Toto. There was no doubt in
my mind what my decision would be. It felt like I was being offered a free trip to
the Moon. Those first 4 albums we recorded were so much fun, and touched so many
people’s lives all over the world, it was like a “walk in the clouds” for all of
us. Unfortunately for me, I was asked to leave the band in the middle of the
“Isolation” album, and it was very fortunate for you to be asked to take my place.
I had already done some of the demo vocals & back-ground vocals (and I know you
heard them, because you sang the very same parts I did on songs like “Carmen”), but
you did it very well, I might add. It was time for me to leave the band, because I
was making some really bad decisions with my life, but so was everyone else in the
band, except David Hungate. I guess it was a sign of the times, because practically
everyone out there in the early 80’s, including most of Toto, were deeply
entrenched in the drug scene. I hated leaving the band, but it really wasn’t my
decision. I did my very best not to harbor any grudges against the guys for letting
me go, because they were doing the same amount of drugs they fired me over.  It
wasn’t a very wise decision on their part, especially after we had been nominated
for 9 Grammy Awards, and won 6, which was more Grammy Awards than any group or
single artist had ever won in one Grammy Show.. This all happened on the “Toto IV”
CD.

When I heard you singing on the “Isolation” CD, It  made me feel good for the guys
in the band. I didn’t want them to suffer, nor fall apart as a band. You came in
and pulled them right back together, and God bless you for that my brother. I was
mostly thinking about the fans who would have missed some fantastic music from one
of the best bands to ever grace our planet. I just wanted to let you know that I
thought you did a spectacular job on that CD, and I was very happy for the band,
and totally proud of you for coming from my old band in Louisiana, to re-light the
flame Toto already had burning so brightly.

When I heard that you were ill with cancer, it broke my heart. I hate it when I
hear that news about anyone, but you and Joseph are very special to me, because
we’ve all 3 filled the same position in Toto, and I feel a kindred spirit with the
two of you.

I’m going to close this missive now, and leave it in your capable hands, and I pray
that you continue to get stronger and closer to being back to normal health. Please
let me know if I can help you out with anything, and I look forward to hearing from
you very soon guy. Good luck, and call me if you need some extra vocal parts on
that CD you’re working on. It would be an honor. Stay well my
friend………………….Bobby Kimball

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