Sammy Hagar, one of rock ‘n roll’s most successful and most endearing characters is celebrating a big milestone birthday today. The “Red Rocker” turns 75.
Hagar was raised in Fontana, California. His first big break came as a member of Montrose. Sammy said his childhood served him well not only with his music, but also for planning for a successful life.
He said, “Being a poor kid is a little humiliating and it instilled in me a desire to be somebody. It's where all my drive comes from. I was willing to work hard to ensure I was never poor again. And now, it’s like, I still got that feeling but it drives me to wanna give back and to show kids that if you work hard there’s gonna be an open door out.”
In addition to his music, Hagar also owned a bike shop and a travel agency before hitting it big with his Cabo Wabo Cantina and several other restaurants. He’s also had lucrative tequila and rum businesses. Sammy sold his Cabo Wabo Tequila to Gruppo Campari back in 2007 for $91 million.
With his music, Hagar hit it big with classics like "I Can't Drive 55," "Heavy Metal" and "There's Only One Way to Rock" before accepting an offer to join Van Halen back in 1985. The union made Sammy Hagar a household name, and propelled Van Halen to much of their biggest success.
Hagar left Van Halen in 1996.He briefly reunited with them, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen. He also launched other bands like Chickenfoot and his current group, The Circle. He’s also written a best-selling autobiography, and has dedicated his life to philanthropy -- donating back to local food banks in every tour city he plays.
He and second wife, Kari, have two girls, and he has two boys with his first wife, Betsy.
Hagar will be celebrating his 75th down at his first Cabo Wabo Cantina, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with his annual run of three Birthday Bash shows, about which he has been posting videos and photos from on his socials.
Happy 75th birthday Sammy Hagar…and many more!
[Source: Classic Hits Today]