Eddie Vedder Biography
Eddie Vedder, original name Edward Louis Severson III, was born on December 23, 1964, in Evanston, Illinois USA. It's no suprise that Vedder has so much maturity and realness about him. His life as an adult began at a young age, his parents divorced in 1967 and his mother would remarry, not telling her son of the divorce until much later in his life. He would use his stepfather's surname and go by Eddie Mueller until he found out the truth and adopted his mother's last name, Vedder. After turbulent years at home, Eddie Vedder moved out on his own. He lived in San Diego for a while, before moving to Chicago to be with his mother and brothers. Eventually, though, he moved back to San Diego; by this time, Vedder had his GED and began working at various jobs. In his spare time, he would record demos on a small machine in his room.
In 1990 he joined both ex-Mother Love Bone Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament in Seattle's tribute to Andrew Wood, Temple Of The Dog, alongside Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who instigated the project, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, plus Gossard's school friend Mike McCready. Both Vedder and McCready subsequently linked up with Ament and Gossard to become Pearl Jam, with the addition of drummer Dave Krusen; the band had also dabbled with the name Mookie Blaylock. Part of the '90s Seattle Grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with "Ten" in 1991; Eddie Vedder became a legendary vocalist, as his brooding voice pours out emotion and hooks galore.
As solo artist, he has contributed music to the soundtrack for the film "Dead Man Walking" and also recorded a cover of the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" for 2002's Sean Penn-starring "I Am Sam"; this track peaked at #30 on The Modern Rock chart.
Vedder and Penn have been friends for more than a decade. Taking a break from his day job fronting his band, the Seattle musician immersed himself into the big-screen story of a young man who gives all his money to charity and hitchhikes to a new life in the wilds of Alaska and played every instrument on the soundtrack's nine original and two cover songs for the Penn-directed film "Into The Wild"; the movie was a film adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best-selling book "Into The Wild". Released in September 2007, the CD shot to #11 on The Billboard 200 and the lead single, "Hard Sun", hit #13 on The Hot Modern Rock chart.
In May 2011 Eddie Vedder offered up his first full-fledged solo album, "Ukulele Songs"; as the title suggests, the disc consisted of tracks played on the ukulele. The 16-song set included the single "Longing To Belong" which made a minor chart impact on The Rock Songs list. However "Ukulele Songs" peaked at #4 on The Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top Canadian Albums charts.