Eddie Van Halen was an American singer-songwriter. He co-founded Van Halen with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth in 1972. He was the band’s main songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist. He was known for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique, which allowed rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard. He is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history.
Born in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
Jan van Halen and Eugenia (née van Beers) had a son named Van Halen. Eugenia was an Indo (Eurasian) from Rangkasbitung on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies, and Jan was a Dutch jazz pianist, clarinetist, and saxophone. The family eventually relocated in the Dutch city of Nijmegen.
The parents transferred the family to the United States in 1962 after facing mistreatment as a result of their mixed-race relationship in the 1950s. Eddie and his brother Alex attended a segregated elementary school in Pasadena, California, where they settled among other family members.
The boys were labeled “minority” kids because they did not speak English as a first language, and they were bullied by white students.
They began learning the piano at the age of six, travelling from Pasadena to San Pedro to study with Stasys Kalvaitis, an old piano teacher.
Van Halen was never trained to read music; instead, he improvised while watching Bach or Mozart recitals. He received first place in the annual piano competition at Long Beach City College between 1964 and 1967.
Van Halen’s parents wanted their sons to be classical pianists, but he preferred rock music and was influenced by British Invasion bands like The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five.
As a result, when Alex began playing the guitar, Eddie purchased a drum equipment; however, after hearing Alex’s rendition of the Surfaris’ drum solo in the song “Wipe Out,” Eddie gave Alex the drums and encouraged him to study the electric guitar. He used to practice while strolling about at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked, according to him.
Eddie and Alex created their first band, The Broken Combs, with three other boys while he was in fourth grade, and performed at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena. He later credited this performance with inspiring him to pursue a career as a musician.
He called Cream’s song “I’m So Glad” from the album Goodbye “mind-blowing.” He once stated that he had memorized practically all of Eric Clapton’s solos while in the band Cream. “I’ve always thought Eric Clapton was my primary inspiration,” he explained, “but Jimmy Page was more like me, in a reckless-abandon kind of manner.” Van Halen discussed his life and the American Dream at a 2015 session at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, saying: “We just had about $50 and a piano when we arrived, and we didn’t speak the language. Take a look at where we are now. What is the American dream if not that?”
Who did Eddie Van Halen leave his money to?
Considering the tight relationship that all of Eddie Van Halen’s past and current family members have, it’s safe to assume that his money and estate will be distributed among his widow, son, brother, and possibly his ex-wife, even if no official remarks have been made on the subject.