Louis Andrew 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 Long Hard Look (1989).
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