Dennis Elliott

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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 careers[edit]

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. At sixteen he played in the band Ferris Wheel. He later played with the British jazz-rock group IF, appearing on their first five studio albums and a live recording.

By 1975, Elliott had become a US resident and played on 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 his yacht Charisma III which had caught fire.[7] Elliott became a US citizen in 1993.[6]




Ian Hunter[edit]


  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 2014-08-018 – via HighBeam Research.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  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)). 

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