Ed Gagliardi

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Ed Gagliardi
Birth name Edward John Gagliardi
Born (1952-02-13)February 13, 1952
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Died May 11, 2014(2014-05-11) (aged 62)
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar
Years active 1966–2014
Associated acts Foreigner

Edward John 'Ed' Gagliardi (February 13, 1952 – May 11, 2014) was an American bass guitarist who was the original bass player for the 1970s rock band Foreigner. He was a member of Foreigner from the beginning in 1976. Gagliardi played a Rickenbacker bass guitar left-handed even though he was a naturally right-handed. He claimed he did that because of his devotion to Paul McCartney as bass playing inspiration. Gagliardi was on the albums Foreigner and Double Vision, but he was replaced by Rick Wills in 1979.

In 1981 he was part of the band Spys with former Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood.[1]

He died of cancer on May 11, 2014.[2][3]