EDDIE MONEY FACTS:
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Hometown: New York City, New York
Albums: Eddie Money (1977); Life for the Taking (1978); Playing for Keeps (1980); No Control (1982); Where's the Party? (1983); Can't Hold Back (1986); Nothing to Lose (1988); Right Here (1991); Love and Money (1995); Ready Eddie (1999); Wanna Go Back (2007)
Hits: "Two Tickets Two Paradise," "Think I'm in Love," "Shakin'," "Take Me Home Tonight," "I Wanna Go Back," "The Love in Your Eyes," "Peace in Our Time"
Other: A police officer before turning to music.
Eddie Money was one of the most popular acts of the 1970s and '80s, and although his commercial success dropped off during the latter half of his career, he still maintains a loyal following of fans who have stayed with him since his glory days.
Money began his career as a police officer in the 1960s, but soon left the business to pursue a career in music. He began to gain popularity by playing local venues in California with the band The Rockets while still using his given name, Edward Mahoney.
In 1976, the singer changed his surname to his now famous moniker. He was quickly signed by Columbia Records and released his self-titled debut album in 1977. The record was a moderate success, but was responsible for two of his most popular songs, "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets Two Paradise," which is still played with relative frequency.
Encouraged by the popularity of his first foray into pop music, Money released his second album, Life for the Taking, in 1979. The record received generally positive reviews form critics and proved to be more commercially successful than its predecessor, reaching number 17 on the charts. He closed out the decade with another moderate success, 1980's Playing for Keeps.
Playing for Keeps did not live up to the popularity of his previous two releases, but his 1982 endeavor No Control changed all that. The album spawned a pair of hits including the top 20 tune "Think I'm In Love" and "Shakin'."
After a forgettable 1983 album, Money hit it big with his 1986 release Can't Hold Back. The record included what is probably his most iconic song, "Take Me Home Tonight," which eventually peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1988, his final album of the decade, Nothing to Lose, proved to be his less commercially viable, with the song "Walk on Water" being his final big hit.
In the 22 years that have followed since Nothing to Lose, Money has failed to duplicate his success of the '70s and '80s, but has still been a visible presence in the music world. With a daughter trying to break into the industry and still performing to substantial crowd, Money is still cashing in.