Throwback: Happy 68th Birthday, Eddie Van Halen!

January is a busy month for music history.

  • Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones celebrated his 77th birthday on January 3. 
  • R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe celebrated his 63rd birthday on January 4
  • Joy Division and New Order founder Bernard Sumner also celebrated his 67th birthday on January 4 
  • The 70th anniversary of AC/DC co-founder, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist Malcom Young’s birth was on January 6
  • The 76th anniversary of David Bowie‘s brith was on January 8
  • The Doors‘ Robby Krieger celebrated his 77th birthday on January 8
  • Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page celebrated his 79th birthday on January 9
  • Steely Dan co-founder, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Donald Fagen celebrated his 75th birthday on January 10. 
  • Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul celebrated her 52nd birthday on January 11
  • Raekwon celebrated his 52nd birthday on January 12. Raekwon’s work with Wu-Tangand as a solo artist have helped to cement his reputation among the cognoscenti as one of the most gifted and unique emcees in the history of hip-hop.
  • Dave Grohl celebrated his 54th birthday on January 14
  • Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam’s frontwoman Lisa “Lisa Lisa” Velez celebrated her 56th birthday on January 15
  • The queen of Quiet Storm, Sade celebrated her 64th birthday on January 16
  • The Bangles’ co-founder and frontperson Susanna Hoffs celebrated her 64th birthday on January 17
  • The Temptations‘ former lead singer David Ruffin was born 82 years ago. He was the lead singer from 1963-1968, which may arguably be the soul act’s most legendary and pioneering period. He also had an impressive solo career — with some equally great songs for a period of time. 
  • The 80th anniversary of Janis Joplin‘s was on January 19
  • Dolly Parton celebrated her 77th birthday on January 19
  • Kevin Parker, the acclaimed Aussie singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as JOVM mainstay Tame Impala, celebrated his 37th birthday on January 20 
  • The 58th anniversary of the birth of Run DMC‘s DJ Jam Master Jay was on January 21 
  • The 85th anniversary oflegendary soul singer/songwriter Sam Cooke was on January 22

One of the greatest, most original and arguably one of the most influential guitarists to ever have done it was born 68 years ago today — the legendary Eddie Van Halen. We lost Eddie back in 2020. Cancer is a real fucking asshole. But his music will live on forever. And so will Van Halen!

Happy birthday, Eddie! Happy birthday wherever you are!