3/10/17: Eddie Money “Two Tickets to Paradise” 

If I were to say to you that I’m a big Edward Mahoney fan, it probably wouldn’t mean much, would it?

The man we know and love as Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney. Son of a large Catholic family in Brooklyn (a place I’ve had on my mind this week, since it’s the location of the ACC Tournament!) His grandfather, father, and older brother were all officers in the NYPD, and Eddie was more or less expected to have the same career. He started the training program, but his heart just wasn’t in it. With dreams of being a rock n’ roll star, Eddie moved out of California, specifically Berkeley, and started performing at some small local clubs. He was fortunate enough to get noticed and strike a record deal with Columbia, which helped produce his first hit in the late 70’s, a tune called “Baby, Hold On.”

Eddie has several records make moves on the charts, and he had a fairly significant presence on MTV. A big deal at the time, since seeing music videos on television was still one of the biggest ways to get your name out. I was lucky enough to catch Eddie Money in concert when he came through Raleigh around that time, and his band put on a great show. Nothing fancy, just straight-ahead rock music.

Like so many others from the time and profession, Eddie got really into the “rock n’ roll lifestyle.” This unfortunately included a serious drug addiction, and everything stopped happening for him. He eventually enjoyed a comeback in 1986 with “Take Me Home Tonight” (famously sung with Ronnie Spector), “I Wanna Go Back,” and “Shakin’” His drug problems continued, and eventually Eddie got some help. In 2001 he checked into rehab, kicked his old habits, and has been quoted as saying “I came to the realization that I didn’t really need it for my quick wit.”

He’s done some acting, hundreds of concerts, and he’s still with us today! He’s the one-and-only Eddie Money, and he’s still got those two tickets to paradise.

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