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The Band: Members: Dennis Elliott09.23.02

Dennis Elliott Dennis Elliott: Drums (1976-91)
Full name: Dennis Leslie Elliott
Birthday: August 18th, 1950
Birthplace: London, England, U.K.
Home: Florida, U.S.A.

Englishman Dennis Elliott described by Mick as "the pulse of the band" is another of Mick's "finds". A well known session drummer, his first professional gig was with The Chevelles, circa 1968.

In amongst numerous studio dates, Dennis also played with the likes of Ferris Wheel (with Linda Lewis), The Roy Young Band, Brett Marvin And The Thunderbolts, and If (for 2 years).

Having played percussives on Ian Hunter's debut solo album, Dennis was preparing to move to the States, when Ian Hunter requested his presence on the Hunter / Mick Ronson U.S. tour, meshing quite nicely with his plans. Coming over with that short lived combine, Dennis then took residence in New York. As he notes, "I was looking for something really good, and it took me a year to find it".

Meanwhile, backtracking a bit, we find Mick Jones meeting Dennis at Bobby Colomby's house in N.Y.C., where the two were sitting in for some Ian Hunter demos. Mick: "I was quite impressed with the simplicity of his playing - he really leaves the right spaces". And so a year after his move to the U.S., Dennis recieved that call from Mick Jones. By chance, Ian confirmed Mick's plan to place the call by independently suggesting that Dennis might be good for the band.

For Dennis, as with his other five mates in the group, Foreigner is very much a dream fulfilled. "This band is just what I was looking for - that's really all I can say. I could have joined other bands, but I would have been playing awful music. This band is playing just what I want - it's incredible".

Dennis would continue with the band through the rest of the 70's and into the 80's. On Foreigner's album "Inside Information" (1987), Dennis co-wrote the song "Out Of The Blue" with the other members of the band. And along with bassist Rick Wills, Dennis took part on the recordings for the Mick Jones' solo album in 1989.

In June of 1990, Dennis and Iona, his wife, were rescued by the Coast Guard after their yacht caught on fire, they were 45 miles east of the Florida coast, fortunately no one was injured.

After Foreigner's LP "Unusual Heat" and tour, Dennis left the band. In his words, "At the time Foreigner was not Foreigner. Lou Gramm was not the singer. He was pursuing a solo career. And I found it difficult if not impossible a Foreigner without Lou". After his departure Foreigner disbanded.

Now in days, Dennis has taken up a career as a wood sculptor, he is internationally recognized for his large lathe turned & carved burl wood wall sculptures and vessels, and his work is featured in several museum collections and he owns a craft gallery in West Hampton, New York. But Foreigner fans will not forget that the man behind the drums during the band's whirlwind success will always be "the basic pulse of the band".

Dennis Elliott contributions (artist, year, album, contribution)
Ferris Wheel 1967 "Can't Break The Habit"
Drums.

Ferris Wheel 1970 "Ferris Wheel"
Drums.

If 1970 "If 2"
Drums.

If 1970 "If 3"
Drums.

If 1972 "If 4"
Drums on all tracks.

Ian Hunter 1975 "Ian Hunter"
Drums, percussion.

Ian Hunter 1977 "Overnight Angels"
Drums.

Foreigner 1977 "Foreigner"
Drums.

Foreigner 1978 "Double Vision"
Drums.

Ian Lloyd 1979 "Goosebumps"
Drums on "First Heartbreak".

Foreigner 1979 "Head Games"
Drums.

Ian Lloyd 1980 "3WC"
Drums on "Trouble".

Foreigner 1981 "4"
Drums, background vocals.

Foreigner 1982 "Records"
Drums on all tracks, background vocals on "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Urgent" and on "Juke Box Hero".

Foreigner 1984 "Agent Provocateur"
Drums.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1985 "Vision Quest"
Drums on "Hot Blooded".

Foreigner 1987 "Inside Information"
Drums, co-wrote "Out Of The Blue".

Mick Jones 1989 "Mick Jones"
Drums on "Just Wanna Hold", "The Wrong Side Of The Law" and "4 Wheels Turnin'".

Foreigner 1991 "Unusual Heat"
Drums.

Foreigner 1992 "The Very Best Of"
Drums on all tracks, background vocals on "Juke Box Hero", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and on "Urgent".

Foreigner 1992 "The Very Best And Beyond"
Drums on tracks 4-17, background vocals on "Juke Box Hero", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and on "Urgent".

Foreigner 1993 "Classic Hits Live" / "Best Of Live"
Drums.

Foreigner 1994/96 "Juke Box Hero: Best Of"
Drums on all tracks, background vocals on "Juke Box Hero", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and on "Urgent".

Ian Hunter 1997 "The Artful Dodger"
Drums on some tracks.

Foreigner 1998 "I Want To Know What Love Is"
Drums on tracks 1-8 and 10-14, background vocals on "Waiting For A Girl Like You".

Foreigner 1999 "The Platinum Collection"
Drums on tracks 1-4, 6-8, 10-11, 13-15 and 17.

Foreigner 2000 "Anthology: Jukebox Heroes"
On disc 1: Drums on tracks 1-19, background vocals on tracks 15-19.
On disc 2: Drums on tracks 1-5, 8-12 and 15.

Foreigner 2001 "Foreigner" (DVD)
Drums.

Foreigner 2001 "4" (DVD)
Drums and background vocals on tracks 1-10.

Foreigner 2002 "Foreigner" Expanded
Drums.

Foreigner 2002 "4" Expanded
Drums and background vocals on tracks 1-10.

Foreigner 2002 "Complete Greatest Hits"
Drums on tracks 1-19, background vocals on tracks 11-14.

Foreigner 2002 "The Definitive"
Drums on tracks 1-13 and 15-20, background vocals on "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Urgent", "Break It Up", and on "Juke Box Hero".

Foreigner 2002 "Double Vision" Expanded
Drums.

Foreigner 2002 "Head Games" Expanded
Drums.

Document credits and pictures sources
This document was written by Samantha Wheeler, additional information was provided by Ron Knutson, Jim Schwartz and Phoenix. Picture 1 from the "Unusual Heat" CD booklet; picture 2 from the "Foreigner" CD booklet; picture 3 from the "Inside Information" CD booklet; picture 4 from Internet ArtResources: Artists: Dennis Elliott.

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