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Baby Hold On
by Eddie Money
Eddie Money (1949 to 2019) was an American musician and songwriter. Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21st 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. A street singer from the age of 11, he went on to play in 'rock' bands as a teenager, finally graduating from Island Trees High School in 1967. Although he dreamed of becoming a full-time musician, after leaving high school he instead followed in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. In 1968 however, after serving for just a short time in the New York City police department, he put that career on hold to pursue music once again. Moving to Berkeley, California, he began performing in local clubs, and changed his surname from 'Mahoney' to 'Money' in 1976. His big chance came when he was introduced to the legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of the man's events. Graham became both a mentor and a manager to him, and following his signature on a recording contract with 'Columbia Records', Money burst onto the scene in 1977 with a self-titled debut album. It eventually went double platinum for sales, and featured such hits as "Baby Hold On" (featured here) and "Two Tickets to Paradise". He followed this with a succession of Top 40 hits, as well as some most creative promo videos for his songs ("Think I'm in Love" and "Shakin'" were two in particular). In 1986, he released the album "Can't Hold Back", which featured a "Grammy"-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector called "Take Me Home Tonight" (the song reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100). This album was also a platinum seller, and featured his big hit "I Wanna Go Back". Money later opened summer concert seasons at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, doing this for nearly 20 years and drawing fans from all over who were eager to see him perform. In addition to a continuing busy touring schedule in later years, he also featured on hit TV shows such as "The King of Queens" and "The Drew Carey Show". More recently he had been joined on tour by his daughter Jesse (she featured on the 'MTV' show "Rock The Cradle", and became a vocalist intending to follow in her father's footsteps). During his career, Money sold more than 28 million records, with many being heard on the soundtracks of movies and TV shows (they were also used during such video games as "Grand Theft Auto" and "Guitar Hero"). In July 2019 however, he underwent heart valve surgery which then contributed towards pneumonia, and in the August revealed that he had been diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer. Eddie Money died from these medical conditions in Los Angeles on September 13th 2019, aged 70. He leaves his wife Laurie and daughter Jesse, plus four sons.
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Posted: 18th October 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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