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Who was Ian McDonald?

THE ROCKER Ian McDonald, founder of the legendary groups Foreigner and King Crimson, has died at the age of 75.

The UK-born musician suffered from cancer and died surrounded by his family, his son Max said.

British rock star Ian McDonald dies at 75

Played with King Crimson and Foreigner

McDonald playing in New York in 2017


He was incredibly brave and never lost his kindness or sense of humor, even when the going was tough,” she wrote on Facebook.

“My father was a brilliant and intuitive musician, a gentle soul and a wonderful father. He will live forever through his beautiful music and the love of his fans.”

McDonald wrote and played keyboards and saxophone on King Crimson’s iconic debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King.

The 1969 LP was described as “prog rock’s big bang” by Rolling Stone.

American guitarist Steve Stevens called the album “prog rock’s most important recording…at times dissonant chaos followed by aching beauty”.

McDonald then formed Foreigner, playing guitar on such classic songs as Cold As Ice, Double Vision and Feels Like The First Time in the late 1970s.

But he left the group before they enjoyed further success in the 1980s with hits like Waiting for a Girl Like You and I Want to Know What Love Is.

Foreigner co-founder Al Greenwood paid tribute to him, saying, “He was like a brother to me. A true musical genius, Ian’s musicianship was an integral part of launching King Crimson and Foreigner to legendary status.

“His contribution to the success of Foreigner was immense. Ian was a dear friend, a kind and wonderful man, and I will miss him terribly.”


Born in Isleworth, now Greater London, in 1946, McDonald served five years in the British Army as a member of the gang before joining King Crimson in 1969.

After their breakout performance supporting the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park on July 5, 1969, they released their debut album to critical acclaim.

Rapper Kanye West even sampled McDonald’s signature saxophone from the song 21st Century Schizoid Man on his 2010 single Power.

When Ultimate Classic Rock interviewed him later about the album, he said he wasn’t surprised that it had stuck around for more than half a century.

“When we did it, and I was basically at the helm of production, I wanted to make sure that everything that went into the record could be heard repeatedly and hopefully stand the test of time.”

However, in late 1969, the band broke up and McDonald and drummer Michael Giles released a more pop-sounding progressive album, McDonald and Giles, in 1970.

In 1974 he briefly rejoined King Crimson before the band went their separate ways again.

He formed Foreigner in 1976 with British guitarist Mick Jones and American singer Lou Gramm.

McDonald appeared on his first three albums, each of which went five times platinum, before Jones fired him in 1980, much to his disappointment.

“I wouldn’t have left,” he told Big Bang magazine. “I loved the group, it was not my decision.”

He would later play with the band at reunion shows.

In all, McDonald appeared on four of the best-selling albums from 1969 to 1979.

He died at his home in New York on February 9, his family said.

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