This day in Hard Rock: SAMMY HAGAR
Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar was born in Salinas, California, on October 13, 1947). Known as 'The Red Rocker', Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He afterwards launched a successful solo career, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with 'I Can't Drive 55'. He enjoyed huge commercial success when he replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985, but left the band in 1996. He returned to the band for a 2-year reunion from 2003 to 2005. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
Top 3 Sammy Hagar ’80s Songs
OFF#ROCK's list of the top Sammy Hagar ’80s songs demonstrates very clearly, it was a pretty great time for the Red Rocker. After spending most of the ’70s slowly climbing his way up the music-business ladder, he became a bona fide solo star early in the decade.
I Can’t Drive 55 (from: ‘VOA’, 1984)
There’s Only One Way to Rock (from: ‘Standing Hampton’, 1981)
Why Can’t This Be Love? (from: ‘5150’, 1986)