Eddie Money

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Eddie Money
Money performing live at GateCon, in 2008
Background information
Birth nameEdward Joseph Mahoney
Born (1949-03-21) March 21, 1949 (age 69)[1]
New York City, New York[2]
OriginBerkeley, California
  • Singer-songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Vocals
  • saxophone
  • harmonica
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active1974–present

Edward Joseph Mahoney (born March 21, 1949), known professionally as Eddie Money, is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Money is well known for songs like "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets To Paradise", "Maybe I'm A Fool", "Think I'm in Love", "Shakin'", "Take Me Home Tonight", "I Wanna Go Back", "Walk on Water", "The Love in Your Eyes", and "Peace in Our Time".

Money wrote and performed original songs for the films Americathon (1979), Over The Top, Back to the Beach (both 1987), and Kuffs (1992), along with the television series Hardball (1989–1990).[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Seaford, New York, on Long Island, the son of Dorothy and Daniel P. Mahoney.[3] His mother has Jewish ancestry.[4][5] His grandfather, father, and one of his brothers were members of the New York City Police Department and he himself was an NYPD trainee for a period of time.[6] However, as his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician.

Music career[edit]

Money, center, in 1990

Money moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular at city clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. In the late 1970s, he charted with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise".[7] Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love," but his career began to decline after an unsuccessful album in 1983, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction.

Money made a comeback in 1986, and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can't Hold Back. The album's Ronnie Spector duet "Take Me Home Tonight" reached the Top 100. The hit "I Wanna Go Back" was from the same album.[citation needed] Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, "Walk on Water" (1988), but his Top 40 career ended following the number 21 placement of "I'll Get By" in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums as well as albums featuring new material.[citation needed]

Since 1992, Money has traditionally opened the summer concert season for DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.[8] In January 2010, he performed a medley of his hit singles during the halftime performance at the Liberty Bowl.[9] He still tours regularly, often accompanied by other prominent rock acts from the 1970s and 1980s.


Money has made several television appearances on American sitcoms.[2] He played himself on an episode of the sitcom The King of Queens in May 2002, which also used his name.[10]

In 2012, Money appeared in a GEICO insurance commercial, in which he owns a travel agency and sings "Two Tickets to Paradise" to a family that wants tickets for a vacation.[11]

A reality television series about Money and his family, Real Money, debuted on AXS TV on April 8, 2018.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Money damaged a sciatic nerve during a 1980 barbiturate overdose and required intensive physiotherapy in order to walk normally again.[14]

Money and his wife Laurie have been married since 1989.[15] They have five children: Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond.[16]

He joined a twelve-step program in 2001, and has said of his addiction that he "came to the realization that I didn't really need [drugs or alcohol] for my quick wit."[17]


Studio albums


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  2. ^ a b "Eddie Money". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mahoney, Dan 1947- - Encyclopedia.com". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Newman, Jason (April 25, 2018). "Eddie Money Talks New Reality Show and Why He'll Never Retire". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Music Interview: Eddie Money". Alibi.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Beals, Melba. "Ten Years After He Threw the Book at Him, a Besieged Judge Finds He Can Bank on Rocker Eddie Money". People.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  7. ^ Music, News, and Info – Billboard.com
  8. ^ "Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach". Beachboardwalk.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  9. ^ Snyder, Whitney (January 2, 2010). "Eddie Money's Liberty Bowl Halftime Show Performance VIDEO: 'Two Tickets To Paradise'". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  10. ^ "The King of Queens: Season 4, Episode 23: Eddie Money (13 May 2002)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  11. ^ "GEICO Two Tickets to Paradise Commercial – Happier Than Eddie Money Running a Travel Agency". YouTube. August 24, 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  12. ^ "Eddie Money's New Reality Series 'Real Money' Premieres April 8". AXS TV. February 15, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Real Money". IMDb. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Eddie Money". People.com. June 17, 1996. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Eddie Money profile". People Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  16. ^ Serena Kappes (13 January 2003). "Eddie Money now clean and sober". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  17. ^ Serena Kappes (January 15, 2003). "Eddie Money now clean and sober". People/CNN. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2013.

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