Throwback Thursday – Foreigner’s Debut Album

The One And Only Elgon


In 1976 Mick Jones (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Ian McDonald (guitar, saxophone, flute, backing vocals) and Lou Graham (lead vocals, percussion) formed the nucleus of the band to be later named Foreigner. Al Greenwood (keyboards and synthesizers) was added along with Dennis Elliot (drums) and Ed Gagliardi (bass) to form the original lineup of the band appearing on the first, self-titled album. Jones came up with the band’s name Foriegner  after the group realized that former name Trigger was already in use. His logic was that since the group consisted of three Brits and three Americans, no matter where the band was at least three of them would be foreigners.

The first album was released in March 1977 and immediately connected with an audience featuring three hits, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way Home”. The album stayed in the top 20 for a year selling…

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