Sunday, October 28, 2012

PHOTO: Van Halen as the Broken Combs in 1964

One of the oldest Van Halen photos has surfaced.

The Van Halen News Desk has posted a 1964 photo of Eddie and Alex Van Halen as members of one their first bands, The Broken Combs.

The VHND writes:

In 1964, fourteen years before Van Halen’s first album, Eddie and Alex Van Halen were young kids (age 9 & 11) who had immigrated to the United States just two short years earlier.

Eddie Van Halen met fellow student Kevan Hill in their early morning music class at Hamilton Elementary School on Del Mar Avenue in Pasadena, California. Ed was advanced on the violin and Kevan played the cello. The Van Halen brothers became fast friends with the Hill Brothers and formed “The Broken Combs” later that year, during the time of the Beatles and the British Invasion.

The Broken Combs lasted for two years and was Eddie and Alex’s first band. Alex on saxophone (taking after his father, Jan), Eddie on piano, Brian Hill on drums, Kevan Hill on an Emenee-brand plastic guitar, and Don Ferris on second sax.

They wrote some original tunes, such as “Rumpus” and “Boogie Booger”, and they would perform at the school lunchroom.

(L-R) Eddie Van Halen, Brian Hill, Alex Van Halen, Kevan Hill

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