Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar!

In November of 1972 The Edgar Winter Group released “They Only Come Out At Night”. It featured a hot shot guitarist named Ronnie Montrose, and an amazing showman on drums, Chuck Ruff. Ronnie would quit and start his own band with a guy named Sammy Hagar. They’d get upstart wonder boy Ted Templeman to produce the record. Released in October 1973, “Montrose” would set the stage for Hard Rock. Hailed as America’s answer to Led Zeppelin, the record would influence and be revered by rock bands all over the world. Mid way through their second album “Paper Money”, Sammy would leave the band and go solo, signing a deal with Capitol Records. Chuck Ruff would leave The Edgar Winter Group and Bill Church would leave Montrose to join Sammy Hagar. In 1977 Ted Templeman would strike gold again by signing an unknown local band from Pasadena, Van Halen. Their debut record would go in to sell over 10 million records. As Sammy continued to have one of the most successful solo careers in Rock N’ Roll, with sold out tours and a string of gold and platinum albums, Van Halen shot to the top of the Rock world. One day, Van Halen would lose their singer. David Lee Roth would go solo and people felt Van Halen was done. Enter Sammy Hagar, who would take the band to continued meteoric success. Today, quite sadly Ronnie Montrose and Eddie Van Halen are gone. However, the music lives on with the man celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar! Thank you for never stopping the rocking…

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