Eddie Van Halen was one of the greatest guitarists of all time in one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1955, as Edward Lodewijk van Halen, he moved in 1962 with his parents and older brother, Alex, to Pasadena, CA, where Eddie and Alex became naturalized U.S. citizens. Eddie and Alex studied piano as children, and formed their first band with three other boys, performing at their Pasadena elementary school at lunchtime when Eddie was in fourth grade. The brothers later founded a band in 1972, with Eddie on guitar and Alex on drums – the band that would become Van Halen.


By 1974, Eddie, Alex, bassist Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth comprised the band, now named Van Halen, which became a staple of the Los Angeles music scene, playing popular clubs like Whisky a Go Go. Van Halen was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1977 and released Van Halen, which reached No. 19 on the Billboard pop music charts, becoming one of rock's most commercially successful debuts. By the early 80s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the time. The album 1984 went five-times platinum after a year of release. The lead single “Jump” became the band's first and only No. 1 Pop hit and earned them a Grammy nomination. The band won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Van Halen has sold 56 million albums in the U.S. and more than 80 million worldwide. Van Halen also charted 13 No. 1 hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Eddie's tone, known as the “brown sound”, and his tapping guitar solo technique using both left and right hands on the guitar neck, were revolutionary. Eddie Van Halen was also an inventor on three patents related to guitars.

The Benztown Audio Tribute to Eddie Van Halen was written by Bill Royal, voiced by Matt Pinfield, and produced by Tom Baker.