Former Montrose Singer Robert ‘Bob’ James Dies, Age 68

Former Montrose Singer Robert “Bob” James dies from stomach ulcer complications. He was only 68 years old. News of his passing was broken by a friend who posted to Facebook. James got his big break when he was drafted by Ronnie Montrose to replace Sammy Hagar in 1975, in a reconfigured Montrose lineup that released two albums, “Warner Bros. Presents…Montrose” (1975) and “Jump On It” (1976). After leaving Montrose a year later, James reunited with his pre-Montrose band Shatterminx, A.K.A. Swan, which recorded and gigged in the Los Angeles area. James also fronted the Peter Frampton-mentored New York City-based group Magnet, which featured ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and released the album “Worldwide Attraction” on A&M. Throughout most of the 1980s, James was active with his Los Angeles-based band Elements. We send out condolences out to his family and friends at this time.