Lenny Waronker, Warner Bros. Records president from 1982 to 1994, was vp/head of A&R when Van Halen signed with the label in 1977.
Ted [Templeman, Warner Brothers vp/staff producer,] was the driving force, and Mo [Ostin, Warner Records CEO,] had an enormous amount of respect for Ted, who could tell Eddie had a real gift. They signed Van Halen on the spot [after seeing them at the Starwood nightclub in West Hollywood].
When you sign an artist like Van Halen, what happens to the label — it’s a special thing. They got off to a quick start, and people started to realize they were cool. They weren’t just a rock band — they were beyond that.