Born on January 26, 1955, in Amsterdam, Holland,Eddie van halenHe was one of the most original and influential guitarists to rock the American music scene; was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band,Van Halen.
Eddie van halenmy real name wasEdward Lodewijk Van Halen, was the son of Jan Van Halen and Eugenia. His father was a musician who made sure thatEddieand his brother Alex received piano lessons. However, the brothers did not like playing the piano very much;Eddiethen he turned to guitar and Alex began to play drums.
The brothers’ love of music was such that they formed their first band while they were still in elementary school.EddieVan Halen, along with his brother Alex, bassist Mark Stone, and vocalist David Lee Roth formed a band called Mammoth. Later, the band’s name was changed toVan Halenin 1972 and Michael Anthony was called in to replace Mark Stone.
The band was heard by record producer Ted Templeton in 1977, who helped them sign a contract with Warner Brothers Records. His debut album,Van Halen, came out in 1978, peaked at # 19 on the US Billboard Album Chart, and eventually became a Diamond.
ThrewVan Halen IIIn 1979, it was even more successful than its predecessor, reaching number 6 on the Billboard charts. It included the singles,Dance the night awayandBeautiful girls.
In 1980, his third studio album was released,Women and Children First. The lyrics had been composed solely by the members of the band and featured music that was different from previous albums.
The prolific band releasedFair warningin 1981 andRiver downin 1982. Both albums were credited Multi-Platinum in the US and Platinum in Canada.
The band’s album,1984, released the same year as the name, was his most commercially successful album. Peaked at # 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts and generated the hitsJumpandPanama.
In 1986 there was a change in the formation of the band: the singer Sammy Hagar had replaced David Lee Roth. The first album produced with Hagar was5150, which was a great success, like its predecessors.
The 1980s was the best time for the band when each of their albums became super hits with audiences. They only released three albums in the 1990s, of which two were Multi-Platinum:For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge(1991) andBalance(nineteen ninety five).
The new millennium was a difficult period forEddieas he was plagued with various personal and health problems, including a cancer diagnosis and a divorce. The band did not release any albums during the decade.
After an interval of several years, the band released the album,A Different Kind of Truth, in 2012, which debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard album chart.It featured Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen.
Eddie van halenwon the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal / Hard Rock Album in 1992 for the albumFor Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Your song,Right Now, included in the album,For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, won three MTV Video Music Awards in 1992, including Video of the Year.
He was named the greatest guitarist of all time in 2012 by Guitar World.
In his family and personal life, Eddie Van Halen was married to actress Valerie Bertinelli, whom he divorced in 2005. The couple have a son named Wolfgang Van Halen, who is also a musician.
He married actress and stuntman Janie Liszewski in 2009.
He had a history of alcohol abuse and was plagued by several major health problems, including avascular necrosis and cancer of the tongue.