Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Massapequa on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were members of the New York City Police Department and Eddie was an NYPD trainee. 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 city clubs, where 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“. 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.”.
Money in 1986 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 1990’s and 2000’s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums plus with albums featuring new material.