One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – LeRoux

“Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” by LeRoux

LeRoux (originally called the Levee Band, then Louisiana’s LeRoux) was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was popular locally.
The band was originally composed of: Jeff Pollard (vocals, guitars), David Peters (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Leon Medica (bass, backing vocals), Tony Haselden (vocals, guitars), Rod Roddy (vocals, keyboards, synthesizers), and Bobby Campo (horns, percussion, violin, backing vocals).

They released three albums between 1978-1980. In 1980, the band dropped “Louisiana’s” from their name, and became LeRoux. They were dropped by Capitol Records after they couldn’t expand their fan base.
In 1981 they signed with RCA and issued their 4th LP, Last Safe Place, which was their highest charting album and included their only Top 40 single, “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” , which peaked at #18 on April 17, 1982. Later that year, Bobby Campo and Jeff Pollard left the group. Campo went back to school to complete his Master’s degree in music and Pollard renounced rock music and entered the Baptist Christian ministry, where he remains today.

Fergie Frederiksen and guitarist Jim Odom took over for Pollard on the 5th album So Fired Up (which was released in January 1983). They album was not very successful, and the band was dropped by RCA. They disbanded after that. Fergie Frederiksen went on to join the group Toto. In 1985, the most of the band reunited, and perform annual concerts in and around New Orleans.

On October 10, 2009, during their performance at Tab Benoit’s “Voice of the Wetlands” Festival in Houma, Louisiana, LeRoux was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame as their 50th Inductee.

Here is their big hit, “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)”:

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