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David Lee Roth Jumps at Another Birthday


Singer and frontman by Van Halen, David Lee Roth, is 65 on the 10th of October.

David was singing with the band Red Ball Jets when he met brothers Alex and Eddie Van Halen, who were playing with the band Mammoth.

David joined Mammoth and they became Van Halen in '74 with bass player Michael Anthony joining in the same year.

The band's self titled debut album released in '78 was a hit, as were the next four albums.

The group exploded in 1984 with their album of the same name and the hit songs Jump, Panama and Hot For Teacher.

In '85 David released a great cover of The Beach Boys song California Girls and the solo album Crazy From The Heat.

In the same year Roth left Van Halen or was sacked, depending on who you believe.

While Sammy Hagar joined as vocalist with Van Halen, David continued his successful solo career.

In the 80's he had the solo hits Yankee Rose, Just Like Paradise and Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody.

In '96 David temporarily reunited with Van Halen, recording two new songs for a compilation album.

In 2007 Van Halen and Roth were inducted into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and he rejoined the band for a tour that started the following year.

The band released their twelth album (and first with Roth since 1984) in 2012 called A Different Kind Of Truth.

The current status of the band is unknown although David recently said it is unlikely they will tour or record again.

David has sung lead on seven Van Halen albums and released six solo long players.

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