Eddie Money

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Eddie Money

Money performing at GateCon in 2008
Background information
Birth nameEdward Joseph Mahoney
Born(1949-03-21) March 21, 1949 (age 63)
OriginBrooklyn, New York,
United States
GenresRock, pop rock, hard rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, saxophone, harmonica, keyboards, Synthesizer
Years active1974–present
LabelsColumbia Records, Warrior
WebsiteEddieMoney.com
 
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Eddie Money

Money performing at GateCon in 2008
Background information
Birth nameEdward Joseph Mahoney
Born(1949-03-21) March 21, 1949 (age 63)
OriginBrooklyn, New York,
United States
GenresRock, pop rock, hard rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, saxophone, harmonica, keyboards, Synthesizer
Years active1974–present
LabelsColumbia Records, Warrior
WebsiteEddieMoney.com

Eddie Money (born Edward Joseph Mahoney, March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York), 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. In 2012, Money achieved new levels of stardom by singing "Two Tickets to Paradise" in a popular television ad for Geico Insurance Services. 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."[1]

Money originally followed his father's footsteps and became a police officer in the late 1960s.[2] 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 eventually got enough attention to secure a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise".[3] 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 two years later in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can't Hold Back, which featured a Ronnie Spector duet with "Take Me Home Tonight," which reached the Top 10, along with the hit "I Wanna Go Back." Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, late 1988's "Walk on Water," 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. Today, he still tours the "oldies" circuit regularly, often accompanied by other successful rock acts from his era, and has also made several television appearances on American sitcoms. Since 1992 Money has traditionally opened the summer concert season for DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.[4] In 2010, Eddie Money performed a medley of his hit singles during the halftime performance at the Liberty Bowl. While he also performed with his daughter Jesse, it has been reported that he lip-synched the performance. [5]

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Early years

Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were all New York City Police Department (NYPD) policemen, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee and a police officer for two years.

Television appearances

Money appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, when Doug, Deacon, and Arthur hire Money to play a personal concert for just the three of them in Doug's living room.

He made an appearance in The Drew Carey Show, as the former husband of Mimi Bobeck.

He also appeared on Don't Forget the Lyrics! on December 5, 2008, with daughter Jesse, raising money for charity.

On January 2, 2010, he performed "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "'Shakin" during halftime of college football's Liberty Bowl.

He currently appears in a TV commercial for Geico Insurance, in which he sings parts of "Two Tickets to Paradise" to customers of his fictitious travel agency, Eddie Money Travel.

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