Long before Sammy Hagar declared that he couldn't drive 55, he was the lead singer of the California hard-rock quartet Montrose. They never had any huge singles and Hagar split just two years into their run, but their early work influenced a generation of guitarists, including another California-based virtuoso who named his group after his last name. His name was Eddie and he worked with Montrose producer Ted Templeman on his first album. When his singer left in 1984, he quickly snatched up Sammy Hagar. Anyway, Montrose's 1973 debut LP attracted a larger audience in England than America, but today tracks like "Rock Candy" and "Bad Motor Scooter" are seen as classics. The group reunited with Hagar a handful of times in the 2000s, but old tensions quickly resurfaced and Sammy had little interest in the drama. Sadly, Ronnie Montrose committed suicide last year after a battle with cancer.