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David Lee Roth
of Van Halen
David Lee Roth was Jewish.
From: "David Lee Roth" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=R; viewed 23 November 2005):
As Adam Sandler tells us on radio stations across the country every December, David Lee Roth lights the menorah. Sandler's not just being poetic with that line: David Lee Roth is, and always has been, a proud Jewish rock star. Witness that last name, left unabashedly Jewish while his more reticent peers took on bland or silly monikers to hide their ethnic heritage. Roth was raised on the chutzpah and showmanship of vaudeville performers like Al Jolson - not a surprise, given his stage presence. He started playing with Eddie and Alex Van Halen as part of the opening band for their shows as Mammoth and teamed up with them to form Van Halen in the mid-seventies. Their self-titled first album came out in 1978 and was a major hit. Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and 1984 came out in the next six years and were all hugely successful. In 1985, Roth put out a solo EP, Crazy from the Heat, presaging his departure from Van Halen by only a few months. After more than ten years and several well-received discs (including the single "California Girls"), Roth reunited with Van Halen for the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, his relationship with his former band has been spotty, but Roth continues to tour like the unstoppable Jewish showman he is. Read more about him in And the Dreidel Will Rock.
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