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Montrose was a hard rock band from California, USA, that formed in 1973. The band was founded by guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who had previously played with the Edgar Winter Group and Van Morrison, and featured vocalist Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church, and drummer Denny Carmassi.
Montrose released their self-titled debut album in 1973, which included the hit singles "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter." The album was a critical and commercial success, and is now considered a classic of the hard rock genre.
The band followed up their debut with the albums "Paper Money" in 1974 and "Warner Bros. Presents... Montrose!" in 1975. While both albums were well-received, they did not achieve the same level of success as the debut.
In 1975, Hagar left the band to pursue a solo career, and Montrose continued on with various lineup changes. They released two more albums, "Jump on It" in 1976 and "Mean" in 1987, before disbanding in the late 1980s.
Montrose's music was characterized by Ronnie Montrose's powerful guitar riffs and Sammy Hagar's distinctive vocals. The band's sound influenced many later hard rock and heavy metal bands, and their music continues to be celebrated by fans of the genre today.
Montrose I (1973 - 1974)
Montrose II (1974 - 1975)
Montrose III (1975 - 1975)
Montrose IV (1976 - 1976)
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