The Wild Ride Of Eddie Vedder’s Life And Career

Jackson Sawa | April 10, 2019 4:23 pm

Best known as the lead singer of iconic grunge band Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder is considered by many to be one of the godfathers of grunge music. Not only that, but he’s ranked as one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. Since he was gifted his first guitar at just 12 years old, he devoted his life to music and rose to become the face of one of the world’s most successful bands. Let’s take a look into Eddie Vedder’s past to see how his life shaped him into the performer and man he is today.

Born Edward Louis Severson III

Born Edward
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Eddie Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III in Evanston, Illinois on December 23, 1964. His parents divorced when Vedder was an infant and his mother remarried a man named Peter Mueller. Since his mother’s remarriage happened when Vedder was so young, he grew up under the assumption that Mueller was his biological father.

Years later, when Vedder finally found out the truth about his parentage he was devastated. His discovery of who his true father is would inspire much of his music and was the driving force behind one of Pearl Jam’s first hit songs, “Alive.”