Meet Eddie Money [PHOTOS] [VIDEOS]
Eddie Money is one artist whose music and career spans two decades of “Jersey’s Favorite Hits!” The 1970s and 1980s!
Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn New York, on March 21, 1949.
Money originally followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a New York City police officer in 1966! As his interest in music grew, he knew that he’d have to leave behind his career in blue (1968), and become a full-time musician.
He moved to Berkeley California, and became a fixture in the local club scene. Eddie changed his last name to “Money” in 1976, and also met legendary promoter Bill Graham. This is when Eddie’s fortunes started to quickly change. By 1977, he grabbed the attention of Columbia Records, and secured a recording contract.
The late 1970s saw Money on the charts with “Baby Hold On” (#11/1978), “Two Tickets To Paradise” (#22/1978) and “Maybe I’m A Fool” (#22/1979).
Eddie Money returned to the pop charts in 1982 with “Think I’m In Love” (#16/1982). He took full advantage of MTV exposure by putting out creative videos for “Think I’m In Love” and “Shakin’.”
His career then stalled…after a few releases failed to chart. Eddie Money also struggled with drug issues at this time.
The 1986 album ”Can’t Hold Back” brought Eddie back to chart, radio and sales favor!
“Take Me Home Tonight,” a duet with Ronnie Spector (Ronettes) went to #4 on the pop charts, and is one of “Jersey’s Favorite Hits.” “I Wanna Go Back” (#14/1987) and “Endless Nights” (#21/1987) followed.
“Walk On Water” in 1988 returned Eddie Money to the Top 10 (#9/1988). “The Love In Your Eyes” (#24/1989) and “Peace In Our Time” (#11/1989) rounded out the “Big Decade” for the fomer NYC police officer.
The 1990s brought one last chart entry: “I’ll Get By” (#21/1992).
The 1990s and 2000s brought numerous “Best Of” compilations, and several albums of new material (that did not chart).
To date, Eddie Money has sold 28 million records. His songs have appeared in numerous movies and televison shows, as well as video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”
Today, Eddie Money tours as a part of ”oldies shows” along with other rock acts from the 1970s and 1980s.
He has also appeared on television comedies, such as: ”The Drew Carey Show” and “The King Of Queens.”
In his personal life, Eddie and his wife Laurie have one daughter, Jesse (who tours and sings with her dad) and four sons: Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian.
Eddie Money is currently featured in a GEICO television commercial, singing “Two Tickets To Paradise” to prospective (and un-awed) vacationers. He’s running the fictional “Eddie Money Travel Agency” in the advertisement!