Jan. 26 Celebrity Birthdays: Eddie Van Halen

By Brady Kirkland,

And yet another January 26 birthday! Musician Eddie Van Halen celebrates his birthday today.

Eddie Van Halen, 59

Songwriter, musician, and producer Eddie Van Halen turns 59 today. The band Van Halen was founded in 1972 consisting of Eddie and Alex Van Halen alongside David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony. The rock band released its first album, Van Halen in 1978. The album sold over 10 million copies nationwide in 20 years. Their 1984 album saw the most success, selling over 12 million copies in its first year. The hit single “Jump” landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

After a four-year break from music, the band came together in 2004 to release a new album, The Best of Both Worlds. In 2007, Van Halen was welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band took another brief break from their tour in 2012, when Eddie Van Halen went through surgery for diverticulitis.

Apart from the band, Eddie Van Halen has worked with other artists such as Queen, Michael Jackson, and LL Cool J. He was on Saturday Night Live as a guest musician in 1987, and made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men in 2008.



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