Musician, songwriter, and producer who co-founded the rock band Van Halen. He was joined in the band by Alex Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony.
He is ranked #8 on Rolling Stone's list of Top 100 Guitarists.
Allmusic, an online music guide service, said he was only second in guitar ability to Jimi Hendrix.
He would travel from Pasadena to San Pedro to learn classical piano from an elderly gentleman at the behest of his mother.
He married Valerie Bertinelli on April 11, 1981; after their divorce on December 20, 2007, he married Janie Liszewski on June 27, 2009. He has a son named Wolfgang.
- The meaning of the name Halen: From The Hay Land