Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar

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Sammy Hagar stands as one of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time. Not only is Sammy Hagar one of the greatest vocalists to ever grace the concert stage, he has been one of the most consistent rock and roll artists of the past 50 years. Sammy Hagar’s first touch of Fame began in the 1970s as the lead vocalist for the band Montrose. Instantly his vocals began to turn heads. After only recording two albums with Ronnie Montrose. Sammy Hagar left the band and began his own solo career. It didn’t take long for Sammy Hagar to begin attracting a huge loyal following. Opening up for bands like Boston, Sammy Hagar completely knocked out audiences night after night. For over a decade from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, Sammy Hagar released a catalog of hard rock albums that stand as some the greatest rock records of that time period.

While Sammy Hagar had been one of the most popular rock and roll stars of the 70s and early 80s, his fame would become elevated even further when he was chosen to join Van Halen as the lead singer replacement for David Lee Roth. Of course, comparisons between the two began almost instantaneously. There would always be a David Lee Roth camp, but very quickly, the Van Halen Hagar camp began to form. Sammy Hagar’s vocal ability enabled Eddie Van Halen to write music that he was unable to utilize within David Lee Roth’s vocal range. It was very easy to hear how excited Eddie Van Halen was to have Sammy as part of the band.

For almost 10 years from 1986 to 1995 Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen recorded four studio albums together. For various reasons, Sammy Hagar would leave the band in the mid-90s. There would be a couple of reunions resulting in a few recordings released on Van Halen’s Greatest Hits albums and a tour, but Sammy Hagar and Van Halen never released another completely full studio album ever again.

After leaving Van Halen, Sammy Hagar went back into the studio and restarted his solo career. While at the same time, he would become one of the most successful businessmen in the alcohol business creating his Cabo Wabo tequila which he sold eventually for millions of dollars. Sammy Hagar would form his own backing band that he called the Wabaritas.

In 2008, Sammy Hagar formed a new supergroup called Chickenfoot. With this band, Sammy Hagar would reunite with his ex-Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony. The band would also include the legendary guitarist Joe Satriani and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Chickenfoot would release two studio albums and a live recording.

In 2014, Sammy Hagar and his friend Michael Anthony would form another supergroup called The Circle. This band would also include Sammy Hagar’s Waboritas guitarist  Vic Johnson and drummer Jason Bonham. The Circle would release three studio albums between 2019 and 2022. The band would constantly tour performing hits from Sammy Hagar’s solo career, his Van Halen days as well as some classic Led Zeppelin songs and many others.

Sammy Hagar is one of the most written-about artists on classicrockhistory.com. This page presents a directory of all the articles we have published about Sammy Hagar. All one has to do is click on the title of the article to be brought instantly to the full article.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Songs

Our Top 10 Sammy Hagar Songs article is a fun read in which we pick 10 of our favorite Sammy Hagar songs. Of course, we could have listed our top 100 Sammy Hagar songs but that kind of defeats the purpose of top 10 lists.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Cover Songs

Cover song articles can sometimes be confusing based on the title. Does a cover song article mean songs that the artist covered, or songs of the artists that have been covered by other people? This top 10 Sammy Hagar cover songs list presents 10 songs that Sammy Hagar has covered that have been written by other artists. This is a fun one because Sammy Hagar has done some amazing versions of famous songs making them his very own.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Deep Cuts

Some may argue that there is no such thing as Sammy Hagar deep cut because every song on every Sammy Hagar album was fabulous. We won’t argue against that fact, however, there are people out there who only know the hits and this article presents 10 great album tracks that they might not know.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Albums

This was a tough one to compose because we love all of Sammy Hagar’s albums. However, there are some that we like more than others and of course, there are some that are really exceptional.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Album Covers

If you grew up in the 1960s, 1970s, or even ’80s you realize how important album cover art was. This article picks out our 10 favorite Sammy Hagar album covers

How Sammy Hagar Blew Boston Off The Stage In 1977

We all have those moments as rock fans especially when we were younger when we witnessed a particular concert or heard a song or saw something on TV that changed our lives. One of those moments for me was witnessing Sammy Hagar open up for Boston in 1977 at Madison Square Garden. It was a life-changing night and this article presents the story of that show.

Sammy Hagar’s 2015 Circle Tour Was Spectacular

A review of Sammy Hagar and Circle’s 2015 Tour when they just blew audiences away with their renditions of some very famous Led Zeppelin songs and so many others.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sammy Hagar

Hey sometimes you just have to have a little bit of fun and that’s what this article is all about.

Why Sammy Hagar’s Standing Hampton Album Was A Turning Point

When Sammy Hagar signed with Geffen Records in the early 1980s, his solo career received a huge boost in promotion from the label that helped turn him into an even bigger star. It all started with this amazing album.

Sammy Hagar: Nine On A Ten Scale Album Review

A review of Sammy Hagar’s solo debut album Nine On a Ten Scale which was released in 1976.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Album Review

A review of Sammy Hagar and the Circle’s debut album entitled The Space Between. The album was released in 2019

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Release New Single “Crazy Times.”

A news article which presented the news of the band’s early single release “Crazy Times,” from their new album which was also entitled Crazy Times.

Sammy Hagar Turns 75 Today And Still Sounds Like 25

An in-depth look at Sammy Hagar’s vocal ability and how he still sounds so good in his mid-70s.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar Party Songs

So many of Sammy Hagar’s greatest hits were about having a good time. This article presents 10 of the best songs that Sammy Hagar released about enjoying yourself to the max.

Best Sammy Hagar Solo And With Van Halen Soundtrack Songs

And look at all the songs that Sammy Hagar released on movie soundtrack albums. The article also includes the ones that Sammy Hagar recorded with Van Halen that appeared on Motion Picture soundtracks.

Top 10 Sammy Hagar’s Greatest Guitar Riffs

While Sammy Hagar’s vocal abilities have always been what most people talk about, the man has also written some legendary guitar riffs throughout his musical career. This article takes a look at 10 of his best.

10 Best Sammy Hagar Opening Album Tracks

The opening track of any rock record is always very important. Sometimes it’s the only song that may get a chance to be heard. If a listener doesn’t like the first song sometimes they don’t listen to anything else. The album opener can also set the tone for the rest of the record. If you’re blown away by the first track, you know you can’t wait to hear the rest.

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