Foreigner circa 1977 (l-r): Dennis Elliott, Ed Gagliardi, Al Greenwood, Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, and Ian McDonald
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Former Foreigner Bassist Ed Gagliardi Dies
Ed Gagliardi, original bassist for GRAMMY-nominated rock band Foreigner, died May 11 following a bout with cancer. He was 62. Foreigner's original recording lineup comprised Gagliardi, vocalist Lou Gramm, guitarist Mick Jones, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott, and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald. The group quickly garnered success with the release of their 1977 self-titled debut album, which featured the Top 10 hits "Feels Like The First Time" (No. 4) and "Cold As Ice" (No. 6) and ultimately attained quintuple-platinum status. Foreigner earned a GRAMMY nomination for the 1977 Best New Artist Of The Year. The group's sophomore album, 1978's Double Vision, spawned the hits "Hot Blooded" (No. 3), "Double Vision" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day" (No. 15). Gagliardi left the group in 1979, replaced by Rick Wills, and subsequently formed the group Spys with whom he released two albums in the early '80s.