Eddie Van Halen Biography
Eddie Van Halen (Edward Lodewijk Van Halen) is an American- Dutch musician, songwriter, and producer. He is known for the main songwriter and founder together with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth, of the American hard rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he is also known for having been voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
Eddie Van Halen Age
He was born on Born on 26th of January 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Eddie Van Halen Family | Young | Parents| Mother
He was born the son of Jan van Halen a Dutch clarinetist, saxophonist, and pianist, and Eugenia van Halen an Indo (Eurasian) from Rangkasbitung on the island of Java in Indonesia. He was named after composer Ludwig van Beethoven. His family relocated to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California. Together with Eddie and his older brother, they have naturalized U.S. citizens. The brothers learned to play the piano as children starting at the age of six.
Eddie Van Halen Wife
He met actress Valerie Bertinelli in 1980 at a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. The pair later married in California on April 11, 1981; and have one child, a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991). In 2005 his wife, Valerie Bertinelli, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, after four years of separation, which was finalized on December 20, 2007. He later proposed to his girlfriend, Janie Liszewski, an actress and stuntwoman who became his publicity in 2007. The pair two married on June 27, 2009, at his Studio City estate, with his son Wolfgang and Bertinelli in attendance. His brother Alex officiated the ceremony, while his son served as best man. Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen attended Bertinelli’s remarriage.
Eddie Van Halen Children | Son
He has a grown child named Wolfgang Van Halen there is no much information about his children.
Eddie Van Halen Education
Together with his their love for brothers’ love for music was such that they formed their first band while they were still in Elementary school. They commuted from Pasadena to San Pedro to study with an elderly man, Stasys (Stanley) Kalvaitis who taught them classical piano. Although they hated the commute, they continued as their mother would discipline them if they refused to go.
Eddie Van Halen Career
Eddie began his career along with brother Alex, bassist Mark Stone and vocalist David Lee Roth formed a band called Mammoth. He changed his name to Van Halen in 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. Their debut album ‘Van Halen’ was out in 1978 which peaked at No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Albums Chart and eventually went Diamond.
They released ‘Van Halen II’ in 1979 which performed even better than its predecessor reaching No. 6 on the Billboard charts. It included the singles ‘Dance the Night Away’ and ‘Beautiful Girls’. In 1980 their third studio album ‘Women and Children First’ was released. The lyrics had been solely composed by the band members and it featured music that was different from the previous albums. The prolific band released ‘Fair Warning’ in 1981 and ‘River Down’ in 1982. Both albums were accredited Multi-Platinum in the U.S and Platinum in Canada.
The band’s album ‘1984’, released in the same year as the name, was its most commercially successful album. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and spawned the hits ‘Jump’ and ‘Panama’. By 1986 there was a change in the band’s lineup: singer Sammy Hagar had replaced David Lee Roth. The first album produced with Hagar was ‘5150’ which was a big hit like its predecessors The 1980s were the best time for the band when each of their albums became super hits with the audiences. They brought out only three albums in the 1990’s out of which two went Multi-Platinum: ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ (1991) and ‘Balance’ (1995).
The new millennium was a difficult period for Eddie as he was plagued by several personal and health problems, including a diagnosis of cancer and divorce. The band did not release any albums during the decade. After a gap of several years, the band brought out the album ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ in 2012 which debuted at No. 2 on U.S. Billboard Albums Chart. It featured Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen.
The band’s debut album, ‘Van Halen’ was a smash hit which included many of Van Halen’s signature songs like ‘Runnin with the Devil’, ‘You Really Got Me’ and the guitar solo ‘Eruption’. It was accredited Diamond in the U.S. and Multi-Platinum in Canada. The album ‘1984’ is the band’s best-performing album in terms of sales and charts. It spawned the No. 1 Billboard Pop hit ‘Jump’ and achieved Diamond status in the U.S. The highly popular rock band reached the pinnacle of its glory with this album.
Eddie Van Halen Net Worth
Halen has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
Eddie Van Halen Songs
- Van Halen (1978)
- Van Halen II (1979)
- Women and Children First (1980)
- Fair Warning (1981)
- Diver Down (1982)
- 1984 (1984)
- 5150 (1986)
- OU812 (1988)
- For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)
- Balance (1995)
- Van Halen III (1998)
- A Different Kind of Truth (2012)