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Montrose was the original Californian hard rock band, pioneering the kind of short and punchy songs that would be a template for later and more successful bands such as Van Halen. The band featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar and future solo star and Van Halen member Sammy Hagar. Rounding out the foursome on their Ted Templeman-produced debut, Montrose (Warner Bros., 1973), were drummer Denny Carmassi and Bill Church. The original line-up lasted long enough to make just this one album. The first member to leave was Bill Church who was later replaced by Alan Fitzgerald for the band's second and final album with Hagar on vocals, Paper Money (Warner Bros., 1974). After departing, Hagar released a succession of solo albums in the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s (often with the remaining members of Montrose) as well as a one-off live album with the band Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve. He joined Van Halen in the mid 1980s. As a band Montrose released a further two albums on Warner Brothers, Warner Brothers Presents ...Montrose (1975) and Jump on It, both featuring Bob James on vocals, and new member Jim Alcivar on keyboards. On Jump On It Fitzgerald was replaced on bass by Randy Jo Hobbs. State nickname: The Golden State Official languages English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 4. ... Hard rock is a form of rock and roll music which finds its closest roots in early 1960s garage rock. ... Rock group (or later rock band) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... Van Halen is an American rock band formed in the early-1970s and discovered by KISS bassist and co-founder Gene Simmons. ... Ronnie Montrose, (born November 29, 1947 in Denver, Colorado) is an American guitarist. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Hagar performing live in his classic red color scheme Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California), better known as Sammy Hagar, is a U.S. rock guitarist, singer, and composer. ... Ted Templeman (born October 24, 1944) is an influential American record producer. ... Montrose is the debut album by the band Montrose in 1973. ... Denny Carmassi is an American drummer. ... Bill Church was the bassist on the first Montrose album. ... A £20 Ulster Bank banknote. ... Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve were a band made up of singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Michael Shrieve. ... Van Halen is an American rock band formed in the early-1970s and discovered by KISS bassist and co-founder Gene Simmons. ... The 1980s, in its most obvious sense, was the decade between 1980 and 1989. ...


Whilst Montrose failed to make the kind of impact their pioneering early work merited, they have nonetheless influenced a whole generation of hard rock and metal bands. A rare snatch of their brilliance as a stage band can be heard in the Barbara Striesand film 'A Star is Born' (1976), which features an unseen Montrose hammering out a scintillating version of one of their greatest songs, Rock Candy, as Streisand arrives backstage.


Prior to forming the band Ronnie Montrose had been a successful session musician (playing, along with Bill Church on Van Morrison's 1971 Tupelo Honey album, also produced by Ted Templeman, and on albums by Beaver & Krause and Herbie Hancock). He was also a member of the Edgar Winter Band, playing on such hit singles as 'Free Ride', which was from the best-selling album 'They Only Come Out at Night' (1972). The guitarist later formed another band in the hard rock mould in the early 1980s, named Gamma, who featured Denny Carmassi, of the original Montrose band and late of Sammy Hagar's band, Jim Alcivar from Montrose, and a Scottish singer named Davey Pattison. One notable member of Gamma, appearing on their third album, was the synth player Mitchell Froom. After Gamma split Froom went on to become a highly successful producer in the 1980s and 1990s, producing albums for Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Paul McCartney, the Del Fuegos, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. Ted Templeman (born October 24, 1944) is an influential American record producer. ... Beaver & Krause were a musical duo made up of Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause. ... Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Gamma was a band formed by guitarist Ronnie Montrose and singer Davey Pattison. ... Davey Pattison (born in Scotland) is a San Francisco Bay Area based rock vocalist. ... The 1980s, in its most obvious sense, was the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century, but in an economical sense The Nineties is often considered to span from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the September 11 attacks in 2001. ... Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus, aka Elvis Costello. ... Los Lobos Los Lobos is an American rock band, heavily influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. ... Crowded House was an Australian/New Zealand rock group between 1986 and 1996; two original members were from Australia and one was from New Zealand. ... Suzanne Vega (born July 11, 1959) is an American songwriter and singer. ... Paul McCartney, as photographed by John Kelley for the 1968 LP The Beatles (aka The White Album). Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a British singer, musician and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ... Bonnie Raitt on the cover of her album Silver Lining Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ...


In its orignal incarnation, Gamma released several albums on Elektra records ('Gamma 1', 'Gamma 2', and 'Gamma 3') before splitting.


Famous Songs:


Among their most famous songs is Rock Candy, which in the 70's was a minor hit. Rock candy is a type of confectionery composed of large relatively perfect crystals of sugar. ...


Others include:

  • I Got The Fire
  • Make It Last
  • Rock The Nation

Bad Motor Scooter was the second track off of Montrose (album). ...

External source

Ronnie Montrose homepage [1]


  Results from FactBites:
 
Montrose live in Petaluma: 7/13/99 (981 words)
That much is obvious from the first note as Montrose himself strides to center stage, acknowledging the surging tide of cheers from the crowd as he rips into the opening chords of "Rock the Nation," that immortal air-guitar anthem.
If you took the average Montrose fan and asked them what their ideal set-list would be, this would be exactly how it starts.
Montrose has long said may not have gotten enough attention from the old band.
Montrose Community Band Draft By-Laws (1556 words)
Band Members: Band Members shall be at least 18 years of age or older, show musical competency, and shall participate regularly in all rehearsals and performances.
Band members shall attend all rehearsals, performances and concerts unless an excused absence is given by the Music Director.
Band Members who fail to maintain an 80% attendance may face loss of their place in the band and member privileges.
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