Edward Lodewijk Van Halen - A Great Musician posted by pratanu banerjee
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Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955 and he died on October 6, 2020. He has been an awesome American musician. He had worked as songwriter, producer, and inventor. He has been the primary songwriter along with lead guitarist of rock in America. He worked in band Van Halen has been co-founded in the year 1972 along with the brother named drummer whose name was Alex Van Halen. He has been the bassist named Mark Stone along with singer named David Lee Roth. He had gained popularity for tapping guitar solo technique. He permitted quick arpeggios played with his two hands over the fretboard.
In 2012, he has been voted as number one in the magazine named Guitar World in their poll of reader for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
His birthplace was Amsterdam, Netherlands. Jan van Halen and Eugenia van Halen were the father and mother of Edward Lodewijk van Halen. Jan has been the clarinetist of Dutch origin. He has worked as saxophonist, along with pianist. Eugenia had Indo Eurasian origin. She came from Rangkasbitung in an island of Java from Dutch East Indies which is now known as Indonesia.
In the year 1962, the family of Van Halen shifted to Netherlands in United States of America. He had settled at Pasadena, California. Eddie along with older brother named Alex Van Halen had been naturalized in the form of citizen of U.S.
Piano training was given to the brothers when the children began at six years old. They went to Pasadena from San Pedro to learn with his elderly piano teacher named Stasys Kalvaitis.
Eddie talked in the interview about his incapability to read the music rather he had learned through listening and watching. For instance, at the time of recitals of Mozart or Bach, he was going to improvise. Starting from 1964 across 1967, he had gained first position in annual piano competition organized at Long Beach City College.
Alex starting playing guitar, Eddie presented the drum kit and then he heard the performance of Alex on The Surfaris Drum Solo in a song named Wipe Out. He began to learn electric guitar. He used to walk with guitar and he played guitar for several hours.
Eddie along with brother, Alex, created first band along with three boys, beckoning themselves named The Broken Combs. They had performed during the lunch in the Hamilton Elementary School located at Pasadena. He gained fourth grade.
Eddie narrated the supergroup named Cream's album named “I'm So Glad.”and there is an album named Goodbye which has been awesome. He had learnt the solos of Eric Clapton completely.
He gave a lecture at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in the year 2015. Eddie talked about the life along with American Dream. He said: "We came here with approximately $50 and a piano, and we didn't speak the language. Now look where we are. If that's not the American dream, what is?
Eddie along with Alex, his brother had played in band in the year 1972. After 2 years, the band had modified the name to "Van Halen" and they had been the major part of the music scene of Los Angeles at popular clubs like Whisky a Go Go. It is a great news that Van Halen got offer from Warner Records in 1977 for recording contract.
The album named Van Halen gained number 19 position in the pop music charts of Billboard. It had turned out to be most successful debuts in rock music. It has been known as hard rock and heavy metal album.
In the beginning of 1980s, Van Halen had performed rock acts of that time. The album named 1984 which gained five-times platinum in that year after the launch. The lead single named Jump turned out to be first hit of band. It had brought him the nomination of Grammy.
The band had gained 1992 Grammy Award for being the Best Hard Rock Performance in the category of Vocals for that album named For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. In the year 2019, the band had gained the rank 20th in the list of RIAA for best-selling artists having sales of 56 million album across United States of America. The sales of album has been greater than 80 million across the world.
Van Halen had been 13 number-one hits at the chart for the Billboard's history of Mainstream Rock chart. VH1 gained the rank for being seventh for the band on that list of top 100 hard rock artists of all time!!!
In 2007, Van Halen had gained the position of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie had got an acclaim for the work of guitar for the band.
Eddie had been involved with different projects and it consists of solo work along with partnerships in the brother over film soundtracks like:
1. The Wild Life
3. He had made musical collaborations with bassist of Kiss named Gene Simmons along with Nicolette Larson. He also worked for Michael Jackson along with Brian May. He also worked with Sammy Hagar along with Black Sabbath. He collaborated with Roger Walters. He worked with guitarist of Toto named Steve Lukather along with LL Cool J. Eddie had appeared in music video L.A is My Lady of Frank Sinatra. He also participated in an episode named Two and A Half Men.
Van Halen had fought with drug abuse and alcoholism. He entered rehabilitation for smoking and drinking in 2007. He had also undergone hip replacement surgery in the year 1999. He had suffered from chronic avascular necrosis. He had been treated in 1995. It could not be tolerated. In 2002, he had tongue cancer.
In 2012, Van Halen had undergone the emergency surgery for bout of the diverticulitis. Recovery time needed due to the surgery had been postponed of Van Halen for the tour dates enlisted in Japan.] Van Halen had gone to hospital in 2019 after suffering from throat cancer. He had suffered for five years. He had left this world on 6th october, 2020, at 65 years old.
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