Eddie Money was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 songs and platinum albums. Money is well known for songs such as “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Think I’m In Love”, “Shakin'”, “Take Me Home Tonight”, “I Wanna Go Back”, “Walk on Water”, and “The Love in Your Eyes”.
Edward Joseph Mahoney was born into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn. His parents were Dorothy Elizabeth (née Keller) and Daniel Patrick Mahoney. Likewise, he grew up on Long Island. He began to follow his grandfather, father, and brother as a member of the New York City Police Department; but left to pursue a career in music. In 1968, Money moved to California.
After moving to Berkeley, California, Money became a regular at city clubs. 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”. Furthermore, Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for “Think I’m In Love” and “Shakin'”. His career began to decline after an unsuccessful album in 1983 and struggles with drug addiction.
Money made several television appearances on American sitcoms. Likewise, he played himself on an episode of the sitcom The King of Queens in May 2002, which also used his name. He played himself on an episode of The Drew Carey Show (“Drew’s Stomachache”) in which he had been Mimi’s first husband early in his career, and they never made their divorce official.
Since 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.
Personal Life & Death
Money tied a knot with Laurie Harris in 1989. Similarly, they have five children, Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond. He “made his home” in the Bay Area, performing regularly in San Francisco clubs.
Money joined a 12-step program in 2001. Of his addiction, he said that he came to the realization that he did not need drugs or alcohol for his “quick wit”. Moreover, on August 24, 2019, Money, a long-time smoker, revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Furthermore, he died from complications from heart valve surgery at the hospital in Los Angeles on September 13, 2019, at age 70. The family statement read in part, “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”
- Full Name: Edward Joseph Mahoney
- Date of Birth: March 21, 1949
- Birth Place: New York City, U.S.
- Date of Death: September 13, 2019
- Aged: 70
- Death Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
- Years active: 1974–2019
- Spouse(s): Laurie Harris (since m. 1989)
- Origin: Berkeley, California
- Genres: Rock pop, rock, hard rock
- Instruments: Vocals
- Labels: Columbia, Warrior
- Associated acts: Jimmy Lyon, Ronnie Spector, Vince Gill, Valerie Carter, Jesse Money
- TV shows: Real Money
- Children: Jesse Money, Julian Money, Desmond Money, Joseph Money, Zachary Money
- Net Worth: $12 Million
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