Spotlight on 'Eddie Van Halen'
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (born January 26, 1955)
is a guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer, best known as
the lead guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Eddie Van Halen is commonly known for his innovative performing and recording
styles in blues-based rock, tapping, intense solos and high frequency feedback;
he is also known for energetic and acrobatic stage performances.
The All Music Guide has described him as
"Second to onlyJimi Hendrix...undoubtedly one of the most
influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century.".
He is ranked 8th in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the Top 100 guitarists.
Born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk van Halen is a son of
clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist father Jan van Halen and mother Eugenia.
Eugenia van Halen was originally from
Indonesia (a former Dutch colony).
Eugenia was half Dutch and half Indonesian.
In February 1962, at the age of seven, Edward moved with
his family to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California
... and the rest ... as they say ... is (rock and roll) history !!!!