Eddie Van Halen’s Birthday – January 26, 1955
Posted 1/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Eddie Van Halen’s Birthday – January 26, 1955

 

Conversation starters

  • Happy Birthday to Eddie Van Halen! In honor of him, give us your favorite Van Halen song!
  • Eddie Van Halen celebrates his 58th birthday today! Eddie was voted the best guitarist of all time by Guitar World last year! Do you agree?
  • Happy Birthday to Eddie Van Halen! Eddie called one of his guitars ‘Frankenstrat.’ Do you have a special name for your guitar?

Fast Facts

  • Born as Edward Lodewijk Van Halen on January 26, 1955 in the Netherlands
  • His middle name, Lodewijk, was derived from famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Eddie and his family moved to the United States in 1962, settling down in Pasadena, CA
  • Eddie and his brother Alex were trained in classical piano from an early age, though Eddie has admitted he never could read music
  • The Van Halen brothers first started out on opposite instruments, with Eddie playing drums and Alex playing guitar; when it became clear Alex had a natural talent for drums, they switched
  • Eddie and Alex’s first band, The Broken Combs, was started when they were in elementary school
  • The brothers started a band  called Genesis, and then changed Mammoth, before changing it again to Van Halen, under David Lee Roth’s suggestion
  • The group was discovered by Gene Simmons, who financed their first recording session in 1977
  • Van Halen released their debut, self-titled album in 1978; they would go on to become one of the biggest rock band ever and have released 12 studio albums overall
  • Eddie’s “Eruption” solo was actually a mistake…that happened to be inadvertently recorded by a sound engineer in the studio
  • He has his own line of guitars and a studio in his backyard called 5150 Studios; it is named after the California Welfare & Institutions’ code "5150", the police radio code for insane
  • Every album from 1984 onward was recorded at least in part at Eddie’s 5150 Studios
  • He has collaborated with other artist such as Queen’s Brian May and Roger Waters
  • Eddie contributed to Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit “Beat It” with an uncredited guitar solo
  • Eddie wrote “Dreams” which is featured in “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie”
  • Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, replaced Michael Anthony as the band’s bassist in 2006 at the age of 16.The band actually installed a study room on its tour bus so he had sufficient space to work with a tutor
  • A 2012 Guitar World magazine declared Eddie Van Halen the “Greatest Guitarist of All-Time”

Personal Info

  • He is part Indonesian on his mother’s side
  • Eddie and Alex’s musical talent probably came from his father who was a renowned professional clarinet/saxophone player in his own right
  • Eddie married actress Valerie Bertinelli in 1981 and they had son Wolfgang Van Halen in 1991; they separated in 2002 and divorced in 2007
  • Eddie married girlfriend Janie Liszewski in 2009
  • Eddie has suffered from alcohol addiction, and sought treatment for it in the 90s
  • In 2012, Eddie suffered a severe bout of diverticulitis; an inflaming of the intestines. It caused Van Halen to cancel the majority of their reunion tour with David Lee Roth

Discography

  • Van Halen – (1978) – 10X Platinum
  • Van Halen II – (1979) – 5X Platinum
  • Women and Children First – (1980) – 3X Platinum
  • Fair Warning – (1981) – 2X Platinum
  • Diver Down – (1982) – 4X Platinum
  • 1984 – (1984) – 10X Platinum
  • 5150 – (1986) – 6x Platinum
  • OU812 – (1988) – 3X Platinum
  • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – (1991) – 3X Platinum
  • Balance – (1995) – 3X Platinum
  • Van Halen III (1998) – Gold
  • Different Kind of Truth (2012)

 

Billboard Hot 100 (Songs in the 15):

  • 2/1984 “Jump” – Peak #1
  • 5/1986 “Why Can’t This Be Love” – Peak #3
  • 9/1988 “When It’s Love” – Peak #5
  • 8/1984 “Panama” – Peak #13
  • 12/1988 “Finish What Ya Started” – Peak #13
  • 7/1979 “Dance The Night Away” – Peak #15

Billboard Top 200 Chart History (Albums in the Top 5):

  • 5150Peak #1
  • For Unlawful Carnal KnowledgePeak #1
  • Best Of, Volume 1Peak #1
  • OU812Peak #1
  • BalancePeak #1
  • 1984Peak #2
  • A Different Kind of TruthPeak #2
  • The Best of Both Worlds” – Peak #3
  • Van Halen IIIPeak #4
  • Live Without A NetPeak #5

 

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Ultimate Classic Rock posts the top 10 Eddie Van Halen guitar solos

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