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Foreigner – a mostly hard-rocking band which eventually sold over 38 million albums — was founded in New York in 1976 by Britain’s Mick Jones and Ian McDonald along with American lead vocalist Lou Gramm. Adding in Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliot and Ed Gagliardi, they chose their group name on the belief that no matter where in the world they played, at least some of their line-up would be from other countries.

Foreigner’s 1977 self-titled debut album was not only a million-seller four times over but included the group’s first three hits: “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” Their second album, 1978’s “Double Vision,” also featured three hits: “Hot Blooded,” “Blue Morning, Blue Day” and the title track. The title track of their third album, “Head Games,” along with “Dirty White Boy,” were both Top 20 successes on the Hit Parade in 1979.

As Foreigner entered its most productive decade – the ‘80s — personnel changes began which would eventually leave Mick Jones as the only consistent group member. Despite the fact that more than three dozen people floated in and out of Foreigner over the years, the band managed to rack up another 13 hits through 1988, all written by Jones and Gramm. They included “Urgent” (which featured a blazing sax solo by Motown star Junior Walker), “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Break It Up” and their 1985 chart-topper “I Want To Know What Love Is.” That latter track featured backing vocals by Jennifer Holliday and the New Jersey Mass Choir. Among Foreigner’s later hits: “That Was Yesterday,” “Say You Will” and “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.”

In 1991, Gramm left the band for about a year but returned. He and Jones permanently parted company in 2003. Since then Jones has lead his own version of Foreigner on tours and occasional new recording.

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