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Dennis Elliott

Birth date: Aug 18, 1950
Birth country: United Kingdom
Birth place: Peckham, London
Instruments: Drums, Vocals


Foreigner (1976 - 1991)
Trigger (1976)
If (1969 - 1973)

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    Dennis Leslie Elliot is a British musician and artist who was the original drummer for the rock band, Foreigner. He played with the band from 1976 until leaving between 1991 and 1993. He went on to become a sculptor.

    Dennis Elliott played the drums  with his family band at age five in shows around  London. As a teenager, he joined The Tea Set with his older brother Raymond, who sang and played trumpet. After The Tea Set, he became a member of The Shevelles at age sixteen.

     At eighteen, he played in the band Ferris Wheel and their album of the same name. When he was 19, Dennis joined the jazz/rock band If and recorded four LPs (If (Sep, 1970), If 2 (Dec, 1970, If 3 (Aug, 1971, If 4 (1972)) with the ensemble. They continually toured Europe and the US where he met & later married Iona Elliott on March 2, 1972. Later that year, Dennis joined The Roy Young Band & toured the UK & Europe and recorded four singles with that band over the following year.

    In 1974, Elliott toured and played on former Mott the Hoople lead singer Ian Hunter's first solo recording, Ian Hunter. After emigrating to the US in April 1975, he became a US Resident Alien.

    He was the original drummer for Foreigner when the band started in 1976. He officially left in January 1993.

    After leaving the music industry Elliott turned to sculpture, working primarily in the medium of wood. Self-taught, many of his works have been vessels made of burlwood, sculpted wall mirrors, wall sculptures, and orbital sculptures.

     On June 2, 1990, Elliott and his wife, Iona, were rescued by the US Coast Guard after jumping from their yacht Charisma III which had caught fire. Elliott became a US citizen in 1993.

    On January 9, 2013, Dennis Elliott joined Foreigner on stage at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida to perform "Hot Blooded".


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