Eddie Money

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Not to be confused with Eddie Mooney.
Eddie Money
Money performing at GateCon in 2008
Background information
Birth name Edward Joseph Mahoney
Born (1949-03-21) March 21, 1949 (age 66)[1]
New York City, United States[2]
Origin New York City, United States
Genres Rock, pop rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, saxophone, harmonica, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, Harp
Years active 1974–present
Labels Columbia Records, Warrior
Website eddiemoney.com

Eddie Money (born Edward Joseph Mahoney; March 21, 1949) is an American rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Rock impresario Bill Graham said of Money, "Eddie Money has it all.... Not only can he sing, write, and play, but he is a natural performer."[3]


Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Plainedge on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were all New York City Police Department (NYPD) policemen, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee.[4] As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law-enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician. He moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular at area clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise".[5] 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 fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, 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 10, as did the hit "I Wanna Go Back." Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, "Walk on Water" (1988), but his Top 40 career ended following the #21 placement of "I'll Get By" in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums along with several albums featuring new material.

He joined a 12-step program in 2001 and has said of his addiction "I came to the realization that I didn't really need [it] for my quick wit."[6]

Today, he still tours regularly, often accompanied by other prominent rock acts from the 1970s and 1980s, and has also made several television appearances on American sitcoms.[2] He played himself in season 4, episode 23 of the sitcom, The King of Queens.[7]

Since 1992 Money has traditionally opened the summer concert season for DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.[8] In 2010, Eddie Money performed a medley of his hit singles during the halftime performance at the Liberty Bowl.[9] In 2012, he appeared in a GEICO insurance commercial, in which he owns a travel agency where he sings "Two Tickets to Paradise" to a family who wants tickets for a vacation.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Money has been married to wife, Laurie, since 1989.[11] They have four sons and one daughter, Jesse Money.



  1. ^ "History". eddiemoney.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Eddie Money". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eddie Money". The Sydney Morning Herald (Google.com/newspapers). Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Music, News, and Info – Billboard.com
  6. ^ Serena Kappes (January 15, 2003). "Eddie Money now clean and sober". People/CNN. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The King of Queens: Season 4, Episode 23: Eddie Money (13 May 2002)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  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. ^ "GEICO Two Tickets to Paradise Commercial – Happier Than Eddie Money Running a Travel Agency". YouTube. August 24, 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  11. ^ "Eddie Money". People Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 

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