The creative force behind platinum-selling hard rock combo Foreigner, guitarist/composer Mick Jones was born on December 27, 1944 in London. He first earned notice during the early '60s as a member of Nero and the Gladiators, best remembered for their hits "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Entry of the Gladiators." Spending much of the decade to come as a songwriter and session player, in 1970 he joined ex-Spooky Tooth singer Gary Wright in Wonderwheel. Three years later, the twosome reformed Spooky Tooth before Jones relocated to New York City to work in A&R. After a stint with the Leslie West Band, he formed Foreigner in 1976 with multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, tapping ex-Black Sheep frontman Lou Gramm to assume vocal duties; Jones and Gramm also began collaborating on songs, co-authoring the smash "Cold as Ice" from the band's ...
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