A Rockapaedia Obituary
Band: Foreigner, The Spys
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Ed Gagliardi died aged sixty-two on 11th May, 2014 from cancer in New York City, New York State, United States of America, after which family and friends attended a private ceremony.
Ed was born and birth-named Edward John Gagliardi on 13th February, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. He was a member of Foreigner from the beginning in 1976 and played a red Rickenbacker bass guitar, left-handed, even though he was naturally right-handed. It is widely known that he did so out of admiration and devotion to Paul McCartney and most often self-doctored from right-handed basses, re-engineered and played upside down, by Ed himself. Ed Gagliardi was on the albums Foreigner and Double Vision, but was fired from the band in 1979.
In 1981, Ed Gagliardi formed the band Spys with former Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood, a band that set the tone for much of the 80's synth-rock bands, and received acclaim within the musical community.
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