Van Halen released their second LP “Van Halen II” on March 23, 1979. It peaked a…

Written by on March 23, 2018


Van Halen released their second LP “Van Halen II” on March 23, 1979. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the singles “Dance the Night Away” and “Beautiful Girls”. To date, it has sold over five million copies in the United States.

Recording of the album took place less than a year after the release of the band’s debut album and it only took the band three weeks to record it. Many of the songs on Van Halen II are known to have existed prior to the release of the first album, and are present on the demos recorded in 1976 by Gene Simmons and in 1977 by Ted Templeman, including an early version of “Beautiful Girls” (then known as “Bring On the Girls”) and “Somebody Get Me a Doctor”.

The black-and-yellow guitar on the back of the album is buried with Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was killed on December 8, 2004. Eddie Van Halen placed it in his casket at his funeral because Darrell had said it was his favorite. David Lee Roth is shown in a cast in the inner liner notes, as he allegedly broke his heel making the leap also seen in the picture on the back cover art.

In the liner notes, The Sheraton Inn of Madison, Wisconsin is thanked. On Van Halen’s first tour, they stayed at the hotel and destroyed the 7th floor, having fire extinguisher fights in the hallways and throwing televisions out windows. They blamed the incidents on their tour-mates at the time, Journey.

How many of you thought this LP was as strong as their debut release?

Happy 39th Birthday to “Van Halen II”!!




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