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Foreigner is a British-American rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by guitarist Mick Jones, vocalist Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Ed Gagliardi, and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, the last of whom was also a founder member of King Crimson. Foreigner is one of the world’s bestselling bands of all time, with worldwide sales of over 80 million records,[4] including 37.5 million in the US.

Jones came up with the band’s name as he, Elliott and McDonald were British, while Gramm, Greenwood and Gagliardi were American, meaning at least half of the band would be foreigners no matter what country they were in.

In 1977, Foreigner released its self-titled debut album, the first of four straight albums to be certified at least 5× platinum in the US. Foreigner peaked at No. 4 on the US album chart and in the top 10 in Canada and Australia, producing two top 10 hits in North America: “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice”. Their 1978 follow-up, Double Vision, was even more successful, peaking at No. 3 in North America with two hit singles: “Hot Blooded”, a No. 3 hit in both countries and the title track, a US No. 2 and a Canadian No. 7. Rick Wills replaced Gagliardi on bass before Foreigner recorded their third album, Head Games (1979), which went to No. 5 in North America with two top 20 singles, including its title track.

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