Foreignerwas formed in New York City in 1976 by musicians Mick Jones (former member of the groups Nero and the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth, and The Leslie West band), and Ian McDonald (former member of the group called, King Crimson). Other members were Lou Gramm (unknown vocalist also known as Louis Grammatico), Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi. . Foreigner sold over 30 million albums in the United States and a total of over 50 million worldwide.
The group released their debut album and sold over 4 million copies of it in the United States and the album remained in the Top 20 for a year. The album had such single hits as, Feels Like the First Time, Cold As Ice, and Long Long Way From Home. They released their 2nd album shortly after that and it was called, Double Vision. This album sold over 5 million copies (topping the first album by 1 million), and had singles from it like, Double Vision, and Hot Blooded. Their third album was also very successful and was called, Head Games, which released the hot singles, Head games, and Dirty White Boy. In 1980, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi left the group and formed the band called, S. P. Y. S. Rick Wills replaced Ed Gagliardi. The groupís next album released was called, 4. This album was their most successful of them all. The album had the hit single, Jukebox Hero, Waiting For A Girl Like You, and Urgent. Their 5th album was released in 1984 and was called, Agent Provocateur. From it came their first and only hit, in 1985. The song was a big hit in the U. S., U. K., Australia, Norway, Sweden, and other countries. The song was called, I Want To Know What Love Is. Jones and Gramm released solo records after that then the group split up. In 1987 they regrouped and released the album, Inside Information, which had hit singles like, Say You Will, and I Donít Want To Live Without You. After that the group split up again.
In 1990 Foreigner was formed again by Mick Jones and this time the lead vocalist was Johnny Edwards. They released the album, Unusual Heat, in 1991. The album only went to number 117 on the Billboard 200 Chart. The single from it called, Low Down and Dirty, was a minor hit and reached number 4 on the charts. The group released more albums but they did not fare as well as some of their previous ones. Foreigner has released a total of 3 DVDs, 10 albums, 13 compilations, and 32 singles. They are still performing today but not as a group every time.
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