Ronnie Montrose, (born November 29, 1947 in Denver, Colorado) is an American guitarist. Montrose has worked with a variety of musicians over the years, including Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers and Dan Hartman. He was in the Edgar Winter Group before forming his own band, Montrose in 1973, featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals. That incarnation of the band put out two albums on Warner Brothers Records, Montrose and Paper Money, before Hagar left to pursue a solo career. Although the liner notes for the CD edition of "Paper Money" said that Ronnie was offered to play lead guitar for Mott The Hoople when he left the Edgar Winter Group, Ronnie says that it never happened and was just a rumor.
The guitar virtuoso continued to put out albums as "Montrose" (Warner Bros. Presents Montrose and Jump on It) or "Ronnie Montrose" (Open Fire) until he formed Gamma in 1979, initially putting out three albums using that moniker with Davey Pattison singing.