Unearthed 1964 Photo: “The Broken Combs” Band, Featuring Eddie and Alex Van Hale

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October 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm Quote #20009

ron
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Unearthed 1964 Photo: “The Broken Combs” Band, Featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen
October 26, 2012


The Broken Combs, 1964: Eddie Van Halen, Brian Hill, Alex Van Halen, Kevan Hill.

The historic photo above is one of the oldest Van Halen photos ever. Here’s the story…

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.

Dear readers, if you liked this photo, there’s more to come! The Van Halen News Desk has an interview with Kevan Hill from the Broken Combs, which we’ll feature sometime in the future. And we’ve also got more photos from this time period, none of which have ever been published or circulated on the internet. So stay tuned to VHND.com!


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October 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm Quote #20011

ron
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Less damage in the shot



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October 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm Quote #20012

frankm
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The shame is, if Van Halen would have only continued with Brian Hill on drums they would have gone on to much greater success.


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October 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm Quote #20013

guitard
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And yet another version of this photo ~ this one a VHTrading exclusive! Brought to you by our good friends at Photoshop~!



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October 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm Quote #20014

ron
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guitard:
And yet another version of this photo ~ this one a VHTrading exclusive!Brought to you by our good friends at Photoshop~!

The face paste is creepy. :-)


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October 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm Quote #20017

Mink
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October 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm Quote #20018

jroundy
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guitard:
And yet another version of this photo ~ this one a VHTrading exclusive!Brought to you by our good friends at Photoshop~!

You missed the touch up on Ed’s leg…. :wink:


The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!


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October 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm Quote #20019

ks34vh
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That is amazing, really cool to see, thanks for passing it along..


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October 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm Quote #20020

mrmojohalen
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frankm:
The shame is, if Van Halen would have only continued with Brian Hill on drums they would have gone on to much greater success.

A 10 minute sax solo by AVH & a 20min piano solo by EVH would have been stellar.


When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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October 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm Quote #20021

VAiN
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This is so awesome…. funny that it turned up in facebook a few days ago and now it’s global. Just amazing.. I wish we had a recording


Resident dickhead. I will hurt your delicate feelings.


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October 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm Quote #20025

mcs5150
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Didn’t this photo previously appear in an issue of “The Inside”?


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October 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm Quote #20030

slimbrspickins
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mcs5150: Didn’t this photo previously appear in an issue of “The Inside”?

I do remember something very similar to this pic from one of the issues. I’ll have to dig ‘em out and take a look.


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October 30, 2012 at 9:17 am Quote #20084

animal
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cool pic.


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November 5, 2012 at 1:41 am Quote #20202

jabbo5150
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Hey if a Mitch Malloy recording turned up, this might too someday!


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