Eddie Van Halen



  • Birth Name: Eduard Lodewijk Van Halen
  • Birth Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/26/1955, Aquarius
  • Profession: Rock guitarist
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Eddie Van Halen Fast Facts:
  • Considered one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music.
  • Immigrated with his family to California from the Netherlands in the 1960s.
  • Began learning piano as a young child.
  • Took up the drums while his brother, Alex, started playing guitar after their family's move to the U.S.; they eventually switched instruments.
  • Taught himself to play guitar by listening to legendary axemen like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
  • Was the original lead singer of Mammoth, the band he and Alex formed in high school; it was later renamed Van Halen.
  • Made his recording debut on Van Halen's 1978 self-titled album, which has sold more than 10 million copies.
  • Played the fiery guitar solo on Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Beat It."
  • Battled tongue cancer in the early 2000s.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Van Halen, in 2007.
  • Married his second wife, Janie, in a ceremony officiated by Alex, who is an ordained minister.
  • Eddie Van Halen Relationships:
  • Wolfgang Van Halen - Son
  • Eugenia Van Halen - Mother
  • Alex Van Halen - Brother
  • Jan Van Halen - Father
  • Valerie Bertinelli - Ex-wife
  • Janie Liszewski - Wife
  • Eddie Van Halen Awards:
  • 1991 Grammy: Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

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