Eddie Van Halen

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Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (/væn ˈhlən/ van HAY-lən, Dutch: [ˈɛtʋɑrt ˈloːdəʋɛik fɑn ˈɦaːlə(n)]; January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was an American musician. He was the guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Van Halen, which he founded with his brother Alex in 1972.

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Eddie Van Halen
Van Halen performing at the New Haven Coliseum in 1978
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen

(1955-01-26)January 26, 1955
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedOctober 6, 2020(2020-10-06) (aged 65)
  • American
  • Dutch
EducationPasadena City College
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1964–2020
  • (m. 1981; div. 2007)
  • Janie Liszewski
    (m. 2009)
ChildrenWolfgang Van Halen
RelativesAlex Van Halen (brother)
Musical career
OriginPasadena, California, U.S.
  • Guitar
  • keyboards
Formerly ofVan Halen

Van Halen is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in rock history[1] and was well-known for popularizing the tapping guitar technique, allowing rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard. Rolling Stone named Van Halen the 4th greatest guitarist of all time in its “The 250 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list in 2023.[2]

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