Grammatico, aka Lou Gramm, was from New York.
Gramm was the lead singer for Foreigner before pursuing
a solo career. Gramm started his tenure in bands
as a teenager, and eventually landed the vocalist gig
with a band called Black Sheep, that was the first
American band on the Chrysalis label. They met
with limited success in the mid 1970's, ultimately
releasing two albums. The band might have gone
farther had it not been for an accident that damaged
their equipment to such a degree that they could not
perform live on stage.
After the breakup of Black Sheep, Lou
Gramm met future Foreigner band member Mick Jones, who
needed a vocalist for a new band project.
Initially, the band called themselves Trigger, and later
Foreigner, around the same time that Grammatico started
going by the name Lou Gramm. Foreigner was hugely
successful in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Gramm was the vocalist for all their hits ("Cold as
Ice", "Feels Like the First Time", "Hot Blooded", etc.).
As the years went on, artistic
differences between Jones and Gramm began taking a toll.
Gramm wanted to remain a solid rock band, while Jones
was more interested in the popular keyboard sound of the
mid to late 1980's. By 1987, Gramm began a solo
career. He did so well, he decided to permanently
leave Foreigner in 1990. Hit solo songs you may
remember by Lou Gramm include "Midnight Blue" and "Ready
or Not" from
Ready or Not (1987), and "Just
Between You and Me" and "True Blue Love" from
In 1992, Gramm became
a born again Christian (good for you, Lou). He
continued off and on with Foreigner from time to time,
but at the time of this writing, he was stricly with the
Lou Gramm Band, who released a Christian rock album in
2009. At the time of this writing in late 2013,
Lou Gramm was still active. The Lou Gramm
Discography is as follows:1987: Ready Or Not
1989: Long Hard Look
2009: Baptized by Fire
Ready or Not
[starts] Ain't got no
And I ain't losin' track, Of which way I'm
going, Ain't gonna double back, Don't want no
misplay, Put on no display, An angel? no!
[chorus] Midnight Blue, Oooh,
Midnight Blue [etc]
Foreigner in a . . .