In November 1976, after six months of rehearsals, the newly named Foreigner started recording their debut album with producers John Sinclair and Gary Lyons at The Hit Factory but switched to Atlantic Recording Studios where they finished recording the basic tracks and completed the overdubs.The first attempt at mixing the album was done at Sarm Studios, London.The band's debut, Foreigner, was released in March 1977 and sold more than four million copies in the United States, staying in the Top 20 for a year with such hits as "Feels Like the First Time", "Cold as Ice" and "Long, Long Way from Home". After almost a year on the road, the band played before over two hundred thousand people at California Jam II on March 18, 1978 and during the following month, the band toured Europe, Japan and Australia for the first time.By May 1977, Foreigner was already headlining theaters and had already scored a gold record for the first album. Their second album, Double Vision (released in June 1978), co-produced by Keith Olsen, topped their previous, selling five million records and spawned hits in "Hot Blooded", the title track "Double Vision" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day".During a session for Ian Lloyd's album, Jones met up with transplanted Englishman and ex-King Crimson member Ian Mc Donald and another session for Ian Hunter unearthed another fellow Brit in drummer Dennis Elliott.
Because the Trigger name was already taken, Jones came up with the Foreigner moniker from the fact that no matter what country they were in, three would be foreigners, because he, Mc Donald and Elliott were English, while Gramm, Greenwood and Gagliardi were American.
Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian Mc Donald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
Jones came up with the band's name as he, Mc Donald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American.
In his autobiography, Juke Box Hero, Gramm explains why the band parted ways with Gagliardi: "He was a little headstrong and had his own ideas that weren't always compatible with what we were trying to accomplish.
Ed was obstinate at times, playing the song the way he wanted to play it rather than the way it was drawn up.