First rising to prominence as the frontman for platinum-selling hard rock combo Foreigner, Lou Gramm later mounted a successful solo career, cracking the Top Five in 1987 with "Midnight Blue."
Born in Rochester, NY on May 2, 1950, Gramm first surfaced as the drummer with the band Black Sheep, assuming lead vocal duties prior to recording the group's self-titled 1975 Capitol debut; although neither the album nor its follow-up Encouraging Words earned much mainstream notice, they did capture the attention of journeyman guitarist Mick Jones, best known for his stint with a latter-day incarnation of Spooky Tooth.
Jones soon tapped Gramm to front his new group Foreigner, and together they began writing songs, co-authoring the smash "Cold as Ice" from their best-selling 1977 eponymous debut LP. Gramm's powerfully distinctive vocals were inescapable in the years to follow as Foreigner reeled off an impressive series of pop radio hits including "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Urgent," and "Waiting for a Girl Like You," culminating in 1984's chart-topping power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is."
With Foreigner on hiatus, Gramm made his solo debut in 1987 with Ready or Not, scoring a major hit with "Midnight Blue"; that same year, Foreigner issued Inside Information, but with the success of the 1989 solo effort Long Hard Look and its attendant single "Just Between You and Me," the singer left the group to form his own band, Shadow King, which released its self-titled debut on Virgin in 1991.
Shadow King proved short-lived, however, and in 1994 Gramm and Jones revived Foreigner for Mr. Moonlight.
In the spring of 1997, on the eve of the band's planned Japanese tour, Gramm was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor; surgery preceded a year of rehabilitation and radiation treatment, although the singer made a full recovery and resumed touring in 1999.
Ready or Not
Ain't got no regrets
And I ain't losin' track
Of which way I'm going
Ain't gonna double back
Don't want no misplay
Put on no display
An angel? no!
But I know my way
I used follow
Yeah, that's true
But my following days are over
Now I just gotta follow through
I remember what my father said
He said "Son, life is simple"
It's either cherry red or...
CHORUS: Midnight Blue...
You were the restless one
And you did not care
That I was the trouble boy
Lookin' for a double dare
I won't apologize for
The things I've done and said
But when I win your heart,
I'm gonna paint it cherry red
I don't want to talk about it
What you do to me
I can't live without it
And you might think that
It's much too soon
For us to go this far Into the...
Things could be different
But that'd be a shame, 'cause
I'm the one who could feel the sun
Right in the pouring rain
I won't say where And I don't know when
But soon there's gonna come a day
I'll be back again
Yeah, I'll be back for you
You see, I'm saving up my love
Just Between You And Me
Long Hard Look
Staring at each other with accusing eyes
keep our voices low don't act surprised
if the word gets out, yeah, that's allright
I know you're just looking for some sympathy
but listen you don't know how it gets back to me
you're getting reckless girl, but that's allright
don't you know that one cold word is going to lead to another
and then we'll have nowhere to go
even if heaven and earth collide tonight
we'll be all alone in a different light
I don't care what the world can't see
It's just between you and me
I see telltale signs of a love in decline
there should be something to say
but we don't take the time
and I don't understand, but that's allright
Now you can turn the page or you can tear me apart
don't make an open book out of my private heart
you should know better now, but that's allright
If we don't work this out we won't recover
we'll loose this soulfful love for one another
but with all I've heard and all I've seen
I'm still lost in your mystery
Staring at each other with accusing eyes keep our voices low
don't act surprised if the word gets out
yeah that's allright