Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen was never taught to read music. Instead, as a kid, he would watch recordings of other musicians, do what they did, and then improvised. It worked out for Van Halen, as he would grow up to form one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time.
The band Van Halen came to an end on October 6, 2020, when Eddie died after suffering a stroke. As one bandmate said, “What’s Van Halen without Eddie?” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.