Edward Joseph Mahoney, known professionally as Eddie Money, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1949. His grandfather, father, and his brother, were all NYPD officers, and although Eddie tried to follow in their footsteps by becoming an officer trainee at the age of 18, his real love was music. He was a street singer at the age of 11, and he played in several bands while in high school. He quit the police force after a few months because they wouldn’t let him grow his hair long, and he moved out west to study singing and music.
Ten years later he scored his first hit single, “Baby Hold On,’ which peaked at #11 in 1978.
He followed that up with another hit single from his self-titled debut album when “Two Tickets To Paradise” reached #22 that same year.
He encountered a few dry years until MTV premiered in 1981, and he became one of the often aired recording artists during their first few years of broadcasting. The music channel helped “Think I’m In Love” return Eddie to the Billboard Top 20 when it peaked at #16 in 1982.
A few years later he helped revive the career of 60s pop and R&B singer Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes. She sang accompanying vocals on Money’s best-selling single of all time, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which peaked at #4 in 1986.
The follow-up single from the album “Can’t Hold Back” was “I Wanna Go Back,” which became another big hit for Money, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Eddie would hit the Billboard top 10 one more time with 1988’s “Walk On Water” from the album “Nothing To Lose.” It peaked at #9.
Commemorating the birthday of one of the greats, Eddie Money.
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