Dennis Elliott

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Dennis Elliott with Foreigner.
Dennis Elliott
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Foreigner, If

Dennis Leslie Eliott (born 18 August 1950,[1][2] Peckham, London) 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 became a sculptor.

Life and career[edit]

Dennis Leslie 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 and toured Europe and the US with If through the spring of 1972. Dennis later went on to record four singles with The Roy Young Band.

Dennis Elliott with Maple Burl Wall Sculpture & Vessels.

By 1975, Elliott had become a US resident and played on former Mott the Hoople lead singer Ian Hunter's first solo recording, Ian Hunter.

He was the original drummer for Foreigner when the band started in 1976.[3][4] He officially left in January 1993.

After leaving the music industry Elliott turned to sculpture, working primarily in the medium of wood.[5] Self-taught, many of his works have been vessels made of burlwood, sculpted wall mirrors, wall sculptures, and orbital sculptures.[6]

In 1990 Elliott and his wife, Iona, were rescued by the US Coast Guard after jumping from their yacht Charisma III which had caught fire.[7] Elliott became a US citizen in 1993.[6]

On January 9, 2013, Dennis Elliott joined Foreigner on stage at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida to play on one of the band's biggest hits, "Hot Blooded".

At The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida on January 15, 2015 Foreigner were joined on stage by Elliott and former bassist Rick Wills to play "Hot Blooded".[8]


The Shevells[edit]

The Ferris Wheel[edit]


The Roy Young Band[edit]

Tony Ashton and Jon Lord[edit]

Ian Hunter[edit]


  • 1977: Foreigner (#4 US)
  • 1978: Double Vision (#3 US, #32 UK)
  • 1979: Head Games (#5 US)
  • 1981: 4 (#1 US, #5 UK)
  • 1982: Records (#10 US, #58 UK)
  • 1984: Agent Provocateur (#4 US, #1 UK)
  • 1987: Inside Information (#15 US, #64 UK)
  • 1991: Unusual Heat
  • 1992: The Very Best Of...And Beyond (#123 US, #19 UK)
  • 1993: Classic Hits Live/Best Of Live
  • 1994: JukeBox Heroes: The Best Of
  • 1998: I Want To Know What Love Is: Best Of Ballads
  • 1999: The Platinum Collection
  • 2000: Hot Blooded And Other Hits
  • 2000: Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology
  • 2002: Complete Greatest Hits (#80 US)
  • 2002: The Definitive (#33 UK)
  • 2004: Hot Blooded And Other Hits"
  • 2005: The Essentials
  • 2008: No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner (#132 US)
  • 2009: Can't Slow Down (#29 US)
  • 2014: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991

Ian Lloyd[edit]

  • 1980: Third Wave Civilization

Mick Jones[edit]

  • 1989: Just Wanna Hold (single) (#19 US Rock)
  • 1989: Mick Jones (album)

Museum Collections[edit]

  • Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
  • The Contemporary Museum of Art - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum - Los Angeles, California
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, Michigan
  • Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, California
  • The Mabel Brady Garven Collection, Yale University Art Gallery - New Haven, Connecticut
  • The Mint Museum of Craft & Design - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Mobile Museum of Art, (formerly, Fine Arts Museum of the South) - Mobile, Alabama
  • Museum of Arts & Design, formerly The American Craft Museum - New York, New York
  • Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, D.C.
  • The Slater Museum - Norwich, Connecticut
  • University of Michigan Museum - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts - Racine, Wisconsin

Special Collections[edit]

  • Columbia Pictures, Star Trek Voyager set - Wall Sculpture - Bleached Maple Burl


  1. ^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dennis Elliot at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 September 2007),
  3. ^ Gloss, Megan (18 May 2012). "They've been 'Juke Box Heroes'". Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA). Retrieved 18 August 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Stemkovsky, Ilya (1 August 2010). "Jason Sutter". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 18 August 2014 – via HighBeam Research. 
  5. ^ Pandolfi, Keith (1 November 2003). "After three decades spent banging out songs such as 'Hot Blooded' and 'Urgent,' former Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott left rock'n'roll to pursue his real passion—woodworking". Art Business News. Retrieved 18 August 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b "Biography for Dennis Elliott",
  7. ^ "Musician, wife go overboard as yacht burns". Chicago Sun-Times. 4 June 1990. Retrieved 18 August 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Sarasota 2015". Facebook. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 

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