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Short Info

Net Worth$120 million
SpouseKari Karte, Betsy Berardi, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA
FactUsed to be a boxer before becoming a rock musician


Sammy Hagar is an American rock singer and songwriter. As a solo artist, he has scored four US Top 40 singles, including the hits “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy”. He has also been a member of the rock bands Montrose and Van Halen. In the early 1970s, Hagar began his musical career with the band Montrose. He released his first solo album, Nine on a Ten Scale, in 1976. Hagar’s next album, Sammy Hagar (1977), was his breakthrough release, reaching number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985, replacing original lead singer David Lee Roth. Hagar’s four-year tenure with Van Halen produced five US Top 40 singles, including “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “Dreams”. In 1989, Hagar left Van Halen to pursue a solo career. His first album with his new band, Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas, was Red Voodoo (1999).

Hagar has been married three times and has five children. He currently resides in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Born on October 13, 1947, in Salinas, California, Sammy Hagar is the son of Joe and Gladys Hagar. He has four siblings: Bob, Tom, Sharon and Gary. Hagar’s father was a professional boxer who later owned a nightclub. His mother was a homemaker.

Hagar was exposed to music at an early age. His father owned a jukebox and would often play records by artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Hagar’s first musical instrument was a ukulele that his father bought him when he was five years old. He later learned to play the guitar and drums.

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Hagar attended Monterey Peninsula College, where he studied music theory and composition. He did not graduate from college, but he credits his time there with giving him a strong foundation in music.

Hagar’s first band was the Fabulous Castiles, which he formed with high school friends in 1964. The band played local clubs and released one single, “Baby’s Gone”, before breaking up in 1967.

In 1969, Hagar joined the rock band Montrose. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 1973 and reached number 67 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s single, “Bad Motor Scooter”, peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Hagar left Montrose in 1974 to pursue a solo career. His first solo album, Nine on a Ten Scale, was released in 1976. The album did not achieve commercial success, but it did spawn the single “Red”, which received some airplay on FM radio stations.

Hagar’s second solo album, Sammy Hagar (1977), was his breakthrough release. The album reached number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit single “I Can’t Drive 55”. The song became a mainstay of FM radio and helped to establish Hagar as a solo artist.

In 1985, Hagar joined Van Halen as the replacement for original lead singer David Lee Roth. Hagar’s four-year tenure with Van Halen produced five US Top 40 singles, including “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “Dreams”. In 1989, Hagar left Van Halen to pursue a solo career.

Hagar’s first album with his new band, Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas, was Red Voodoo (1999). The album was a commercial success, reaching number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart. It also spawned the hit single “Mas Tequila”.

Hagar has been married three times and has five children. His first marriage was to Betsy Berardi from 1968 to 1984. His second marriage was to Suzanne Jamieson from 1987 to 1994. His third marriage is to Kari Karte from 1995 to present. Hagar has three daughters: Kama, Samantha and Ashley; and two sons: Aaron and Andrew.

Hagar currently resides in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

General Info

Full NameSammy Hagar
Net Worth$120 million
Height1.78 m
ProfessionLyricist, Author, Guitarist, Actor, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Businessperson, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA
EducationFontana High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKari Karte, Betsy Berardi, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA
ChildrenAaron Hagar, Kama Hagar, Andrew Hagar, Samantha Hagar, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA
ParentsGladys Hagar, Robert Hagar, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA
SiblingsVelma Hagar, Robert Hagar, Bobbi Hagar Harrell, I Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA

Accomplishments

Music GroupsI Can't Drive 55, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose, The Circle, The Waboritas, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve
NominationsTony Award for Best Original Score
MoviesSammy Hagar: The Long Road to Cabo, Video Hits Volume I, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos: Livin' It Up! In St. Louis, Van Halen: The Van Halen Story: The Early Years, Thackerville, OK, USA, Kansas City, KS, USA, Huber Heights, OH, USA

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Quotes

#Quote
1It's more luck than anything, unless you're a craftsman like Hall & Oates in their day. But even before you discover that formula, what it is is luck. And it's not always the greatest recording. It's not always the greatest take. The Stones have had some pretty raunchy hits that, if you pick apart, no one's really playing fantastically. It's really about the magic and the luck of hitting upon it. The Troggs's Wild Thing - come on! That's one of the worst recordings ever.
2I want to play with people I enjoy and like. I'm going to surround myself with friends and have fun. Rock n' roll stinks without fun. You might as well have a real job.

Facts

#Fact
1Co-owner, with Tyler Florence, of El Paseo restaurant in Mill Valley, California.
2His longtime friend, Nancy Wilson, and Geoff Bywater were married at his restaurant, El Paseo, on April 28, 2012.
3Although the Van Halen albums recorded with David Lee Roth sold more copies, all four albums recorded with Hagar hit #1 on the Billboard album chart.
4Was the lead singer of two rock bands named after the guitarist's last name: Montrose (Ronnie Montrose) and Van Halen (Edward Van Halen and his brother Alex Van Halen).
5Sammy Hagar's "Cabo Wabo Tequila" was a sponsor of English driver 'Darren Manning''s #14 A.J. Foyt ABC Racing INDY car. Sammy Hagar and Gene Simmons are both INDY Car Series racing fans and sponsors.
6One of his best known solo songs: I Can't Drive 55.
7Used to be a boxer before becoming a rock musician
8Has homes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Maui, Hawaii; and in Northern California near San Francisco.
9Owns a cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico named Cabo Wabo. Also manufactured tequila under the same name until the brand was sold to Campari/Skyy in 2007.
10Is working on his autobiography with a deal signed with HarperCollins imprint ItBooks for it to be released in 2011. [2010]
11Toured in 2002 with David Lee Roth, in a trek dubbed the Sans Halen Tour. Each played a ninety-minute show, with Hagar focusing mostly on his solo material (though he did about half a dozen Van Halen songs as well), and Roth doing a whole set of Van Halen songs from the time he fronted the band. A coin toss before the tour determined who would open and who would close on the first date of the tour. They flip-flopped back and forth after that.
12Has two children with his former wife Betsy (Aaron & Andrew) and two with current wife Kari (Kama & Samantha).
13Member of the rock band, Van Halen, from 1985 through 1996, and in 2004.

Pictures

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar2016TV Series performer - 7 episodes
The World's Greatest Tribute Bands2016TV Series 1 episode
Welcome to the BasementTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Guitar Man2015/IDocumentary performer: "Thank You" / writer: "Rock Candy"
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification2014TV Movie performer: "Rock Candy"
Stand Up and Deliver2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Today at Wimbledon2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays2013TV Movie "All We Need Is An Island", "Santa's Going South"
A Concert for Ronnie Montrose: A Celebration of His Life in Music2013TV Movie writer: "Make It Last", "Bad Motor Scooter", "Rock Candy", "Space Station No. 5"
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2012 performer - 2 episodes, 2011 - 2013
Eastbound & Down2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Twisted Metal2012Video Game performer: "Heavy Metal", "I Can't Drive 55"
Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
American IdolTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rage2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV Movie performer: "I Can't Drive 55" / writer: "I Can't Drive 55"
South Park2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
I'm Sammy Hagar2004Short performer: "Why Can't This Be Love" / writer: "Why Can't This Be Love"
Alias2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rock Star2001writer: "Stand Up"
The Simpsons1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hey Hey, It's Saturday1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Melinda: First Lady of Magic1997TV Special performer: "I Can't Drive 55" / writer: "I Can't Drive 55"
Twister1996writer: "Humans Being"
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995writer: "Dreams"
The Stöned Age1994writer: "Rock Candy"
Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now1993Video writer: "Poundcake", "Judgement Day", "Man on a Mission", "When It's Love", "In 'N' Out", "Right Now", "Pleasure Dome", "Spanked", "Runaround", "Finish What Ya Started", "Eagles Fly", "Cabo Wabo", "The Dream Is Over", "Top of the World"
Wayne's World1992"ROCK CANDY"
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV Special writer: "Poundcake"
Back to the Future Part II1989performer: "I Can't Drive 55" / writer: "I Can't Drive 55"
Emu's Wide World1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Over the Top1987performer: "Winner Takes It All" / producer: "Winner Takes It All"
Van Halen Live Without a Net1986Video performer: "There's Only One Way To Rock", "Summer Nights", "Get Up", "5150", "Best Of Both Worlds", "Panama", "Love Walks In", "I Can't Drive 55", "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", "Why Can't This Be Love", "Rock and Roll"
Out of Bounds1986performer: "BURNIN' DOWN THE CITY" / writer: "BURNIN' DOWN THE CITY"
Moving Violations1985performer: "I Can't Drive 55" / writer: "I Can't Drive 55"
Vision Quest1985performer: "I'll Fall In Love Again" / writer: "I'll Fall In Love Again"
The Sure Thing1985performer: "Two Sides Of Love" / writer: "Two Sides Of Love"
Footloose1984performer: "The Girl Gets Around" / writer: "The Girl Gets Around"
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982performer: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" / writer: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
Heavy Metal1981performer: "Heavy Metal" / writer: "Heavy Metal"
Up the Academy1980performer: "Bad Reputation" / writer: "Bad Reputation"
The Rose1979lyrics: "Keep On Rockin'" / music: "Keep On Rockin'"

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar2016TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Sammy Hagar & the Circle Live: At Your Service2015Video producer
Go There Once, Be There Twice2010Video executive producer
Sammy Hagar & the Wabos: Livin It Up!2006TV Special executive producer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons2014TV SeriesSammy Hagar
Glasspack vs Blackstone2013Sammy Hagar
Betwixt the Music: Rebecca Black2011Short
Aqua Teen Hunger Force2010TV SeriesSammy Hagar
Where you at, Baby! Sammy Hagar2008TV SeriesMusician
Nash Bridges1998TV SeriesBartender

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Van Halen: Humans Being1996Short co-composer
Van Halen Live Without a Net1986Video

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar2016TV Series 1 episode

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death Proof2007special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar2016-2017TV SeriesHimself - Host
Jay Leno's Garage2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Rock-n-Roll Legend
The Voice2016TV SeriesHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHimself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2016TV SeriesHimself
Sammy Hagar & the Circle Live: At Your Service2015VideoHimself - Vocals & Guitar
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Guitar Man2015/IDocumentaryHimself
Live from Daryl's House2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Vocals & Guitar
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2015TV SeriesHimself
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification2014TV MovieHimself - Host
On the Menu2014TV SeriesHimself - Owner: Cabo Wabo Cantina & Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill
Tom Green Live2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stand Up and Deliver2014TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHimself
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir2014DocumentaryHimself
Sammy Hagar & Friends: Personal Jesus2014ShortHimself
Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays2013TV MovieHimself
Neal and Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event2013TV MovieHimself
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives2013TV SeriesHimself
Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday2013VideoHimself
Sammy Hagar and Friends Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash2013TV MovieHimself - Guitar & Vocals
A Concert for Ronnie Montrose: A Celebration of His Life in Music2013TV MovieHimself - Musician
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013DocumentaryHimself
Sammy Hagar & Friends: Knockdown Dragout2013ShortHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999-2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Riffs2012TV ShortHimself
Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores2012DocumentaryHimself
American Restoration2012TV SeriesHimself
That Metal Show2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Stump the Trunk Guest / Himself
Texxas Jam '782012DocumentaryHimself
Guy's Big Bite2012TV SeriesHimself
Rockpalast2012TV SeriesHimself - Vocals & Guitar
The Road to Rachel2011DocumentaryHimself
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself
Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp2011TV SeriesHimself
Go There Once, Be There Twice2010VideoHimself
Video Killed the Radio Star2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Chickenfoot: Additional Footage2010Video documentaryHimself
Chickenfoot: Get Your Buzz on Live2009Video documentaryHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2008-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Chickenfoot: Soap on a Rope2009ShortHimself
Chickenfoot: Oh Yeah2009ShortHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Naked Happy Girls2007TV Series documentary
Sammy Hagar & the Wabos: Livin It Up!2006TV SpecialHimself - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Sierra Center Stage2006TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself
In the Cutz2006TV Series
I Married...2005TV SeriesHimself
Shock'n Y'all Super Bowl Party2004TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Long Road to Cabo2003Video documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Colin's Sleazy Friends Rocks2002Video documentaryHimself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2002TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Rage Beyond the Stage: Sammy Hagar vs. David Lee Roth2002TV MovieHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash2001VideoHimself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHImself - Member, Van Halen
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
Hey Hey, It's Saturday1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
A Fistful of Alice1997TV Short documentaryGuitarist
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1997TV SeriesHimself
Van Halen: Video Hits Vol. 11996VideoHimself
Van Halen: Humans Being1996ShortHimself
The Jon Stewart Show1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Elvis: The Tribute1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
VH1 Honors1994TV SpecialHimself
Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now1993VideoHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19921992TV SpecialHimself - Van Halen Vocalist
Late Night with David Letterman1987TV SeriesHimself
Van Halen Live Without a Net1986VideoHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19851985TV SpecialHimself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
The Midnight Special1978TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock Legends2016TV Series documentaryHimself
American Restoration2014TV SeriesHimself
Rome Is Burning2011TV Series
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself - Van Halen
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog2004VideoHimself (uncredited)

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1985GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialFootloose (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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