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 best-selling 1977 eponymous debut LP. Foreigner proved inescapable in the years to follow, reeling off an impressive series of pop radio hits including "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Urgent," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and the chart-topping power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is." While on hiatus from the group in 1986, Jones produced Van Halen's blockbuster 5150, three years later helming Billy Joel's Storm Front; Joel returned the favor, producing Jones' own 1989 self-titled solo debut. Despite losing Gramm to a solo career, Foreigner returned in 1991 with Unusual Heat; Gramm returned to the fold for 1993's Mr. Moonlight.
The architect behind Foreigner’s extraordinary catalogue of smash hits, Mick has crafted some of rock music’s most enduring songs and produced 10 multi-platinum albums. Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter, performer and producer and winner of the prestigious Ivor Novello songwriter award in Britain in 1998.
He co-wrote with Eric Clapton the song "Bad Love" on Clapton's, Journeyman album, and in 2002 co-wrote the song "On Her Mind" with Duncan Sheik. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he played with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.
In 2005, Mick and Jason Bonham started plans to return Foreigner to the public eye by bringing together a cutting edge line-up for a tour. With Jeff Pilson [Dokken] on bass to compliment the thundering percussive energy of John Henry Bonhams "chip off the Old Block" Jason Bonham - the fresh blood was virtually pumped back into the old catelog of Foreigner and Mick's music - add the vocal range and stage presence of vocalist Kelly Hanson [The Hurricanes], and the new line-up truly brought chills to audiences around the world. The fans were nothing less than blown away, and so much so, that something was telling Mick that lightning was ready to strike again. Mick couldn't help but start writing songs again - it's just his natural instinct.
Five years later, Mick Jones and Foreinger are still touring in 2010, out promoting a whole NEW CD of original material from 2009's "Can't Slow Down". The CD has recieved strong accolades from the music community and fans - even from the nay-sayers who thought Foreinger were simply an "oldies but goodies" act. With his "master" song-writing, playing, engineering and production skills, Mick Jones proved to the world once again why he is truly one of rock's living legends.
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Michael Leslie "Mick" Jones (born 27 December 1944) is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known as the founding member of the rock band, Foreigner.
Jones was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire. He began his music career in the early 1960s, as a member of the band Nero and the Gladiators, who scored two minor British hit singles in 1961. After the demise of the band, Jones worked as a songwriter and session musician for such artists as Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday, for whom he wrote many songs, including "Je suis né dans la rue" and "À tout casser" which features Jimmy Page on guitar, until he joined Gary Wright, formerly of the band Spooky Tooth to form Wonderwheel.
In 1973, Jones and Wright reformed Spooky Tooth, and after this Jones was a member of the Leslie West Band. He also played guitar on the album Wind of Change (1972) for Peter Frampton, and Dark Horse (1974) for George Harrison.
In 1976 he formed Foreigner with Ian McDonald and recruited vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones co-produced all of the group's albums and co-wrote most of their songs with Gramm. Jones wrote the band's biggest and most successful single, "I Want to Know What Love Is", with some degree of uncredited contribution by Gramm. Tensions developed within the band during the early 1980s and were attributed to a difference in musical taste between Gramm, who favoured a more hard edged rock, as opposed to Jones' interest in synthesisers. Gramm left the band in 1989 but returned in 1991. Also in 1989, Jones released his only solo album titled Mick Jones on the Atlantic Records label. Jones is the only person to play on every Foreigner album.