"Samuel Roy Hagar" (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as "Sammy Hagar", (aka "The Red Rocker") is a U.S. rock guitarist, singer, composer & former member of Van Halen. He is easily recognizable: curly blonde hair, sunglasses, flamboyant stage presence, a very distinctive voice, and a trademark smile.
After a brief career as a boxer in the footsteps of his father, Sammy became interested in the burgeoning Southern California music scene, fronting his first band, "The Fabulous Castiles". Hagar's first major success, however, came from his work with the group Montrose on their debut and sophomore albums, including the Hagar-penned song "Bad Motor Scooter". After difficulties with the band's founder, Ronnie Montrose, during a European tour, Sammy departed from the group with bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi in tow.
Hagar commenced a solo recording and touring career to increasing success. After moderate success on Capital Records, with such albums as Nine on a Ten Scale and hits such as ''Red,'' Hagar made some pesonnel changes, including enlisting long time friend and pre-Montrose bandmate David Lauser as his drummer. With t...