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Mick Jones

Mick Jones

Mick Jones (born Michael Leslie Jones, 27 December 1944 in Horsell, Surrey) is an English guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known as the founding member of the rock band Foreigner.

Jones 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 "Oh ma jolie Sarah" one of Halliday's best selling song of the 70's,though Tommy Brown was credited for it, 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. 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.

He cowrote the song "Bad Love" on Eric Clapton's Journeyman album and in 2002 cowrote the song "On Her Mind" with Duncan Sheik. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he played with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.

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