Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Eddie

New York, you might still be miffed that the Police Academy lost young cadet Eddie Mahoney to rock and roll, but face it - there's a cop on every corner...but there's only one Eddie Money.

Born in 1949 in New York City, Eddie almost became a police officer like his father, but his side gigs singing rock and roll had a much stronger pull. Once he committed to his musical career, "Eddie Money" went west to the San Francisco area in 1968. He did odd jobs and sang when and where he could. He had an early stroke of luck when he hooked up with Big Brother and the Holding Company shortly after Janis Joplin's death but his next big break was just around the corner. 

The single, most important connection Eddie made in made in the Bay area came in 1976 when he met legendary concert promoter, Bill Graham. Graham liked what he heard and agreed to manage his career. A contract with Columbia soon followed.

In 1977, the whole country heard Eddie Money's first album (Eddie Money) and he staked his claim on the charts. That voice: powerful, gravelly and made for rock and roll. Experienced band members, no less than Steve Miller Band alumni, completed the group. Me likey.

Some of my favorite Eddie Money tunes include: Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, I Think I'm in Love and Shakin'. 

The rock and roll lifestyle can be treacherous and Eddie had his ups and downs with all the typical demons. To me, it seemed like he disappeared from 1980 to 1986, but when he returned - wow! He still had it (he never lost it) and the song that hit the charts became my all time favorite. 

Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector, take me home tonight....




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70 comments:

  1. I liked his music allot and he has disappeared a couple of times but his voice is so distinctive

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    1. The song I posted is my fav, though! Thanks, Birgit!

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  2. It's always the most talented people that have the biggest demons :P

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    1. So true! You'd think they had it all.

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  3. Whew! Eddie Money, thank goodne$$...

    I gained ten pounds last week on milkshakes.

    I bought his debut album when it came out because I liked the two hits, but I lost interest kind of quickly. There was just so much competition back then.

    But with 1982's 'No Control', Eddie got my attention again. Some great rockers on that one ('Shakin'', 'Think I'm In Love', 'Take A Little Bit', 'Keep My Motor Runnin'') and I loved the ballad 'My Friends, My Friends' which always made me think of... uh... well... my friends.

    Tony Brock, the drummer for The Babys, played on 'Drivin' Me Crazy', another good hard-rocker. (I loved The Babys' first two albums. Good music, terrible band name.)

    Yes, I like 'Take Me Home Tonight' too, even though I never spent any more money on Money after 'No Control' because I got into Blues and Jazz and moved away from most of the Rock of my youth.

    F Is For Frampton? F Is For Free? Fink Ployd? F...uhgeddaboudit?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I'm a diet killer, for sure.

      You mentioned The Babys - loved them, too. My oldest son had a friend that looked so much like John Waite that I would stare. It was uncanny and annoying...they never knew who I meant, ha ha.

      Trivia: One of my best pals dated Eddie Money in the early 80s. I'd love to tell that story, but she would kill me. (Note to pal: I didn't reveal any details; I am that loyal...and it's killing me...).

      F? Who knows... :-)

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    2. Dang... she "dated" him but... lost him or let him go?! She should have clung on to that guy for dear life. Eddie may not have really had "two tickets to Paradise", but that guy was "Money in the bank!"

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. Yepperoo...as in dated, not date. Long story that would require a private email, ha ha.

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  4. 'Baby hold on'. Keep in mind that I try not to listen to the words of a song. Voices are just another but necessary instrument.

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    1. I forgot that one! I like that, too. I DO listen to words, but I'm a chick...you know how that goes.

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  5. Nice choice, Lady. I liked, "Gimme me some Water."

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    1. I liked his style...minus the bad habits.

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  7. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    My geh-geh-generation might have chosen Electric Prunes but Eddie's right on the Money. At the end of 1977, when Eddie's eponymous debut album was released, I was recently divorced and entering into a ten year period of rumspringa during which I sought to recapture my youth at the Shady Dell by hitting the dance clubs nearly every night and partying until way past my bedtime. "Baby Hold On" was one of the key songs that ushered in that period of wilding.

    FF to 1986 when Eddie scored his biggest hit with "Take Me Home Tonight," a single that most likely would have gone top 10 on its own, but was spurred into the top 5 by the iconic black and white video that introduced sultry sixties siren Ronnie Spector to 80s audiences. The clip burned up the request lines at the MTV style television station where I worked. "Take Me Home Tonight" paved the way for Eddie's 6th album, Can't Hold Back, which went top 20 on the Billboard 200.

    Just now I spent some time on YouTube revisiting the songs and videos of Eddie Money. It was fun and I thank you, dear friend Cherdo. I can't wait for you to reveal your "F word." Please keep it clean. You never know when young, innocent, impressionable Janie Junebug might stop by.

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    1. Hey, if we had geographic synchronization, we would have run into each other at the clubs! I didn't have an ax to grind or youth to re-capture, I just really loved to dance. Not that I was good at it...

      "Take Me Home Tonight" was one of my favorite videos. I truly miss REAL MTV, instead of this crazy mess they call MTV now. Actually, I totally stopped watching it when it focused on everything but music. The first year they did "The Real World" was interesting, but I didn't realize where that would lead. MTV is broke beyond fixing.

      I'll try to be clean tomorrow; I always have Janie foremost in my thoughts. :-)

      Keep it real, brother!

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    2. SHECKY SHADY SHAFT ~
      I know one Eddie Money video you didn't find in your search. I know because I spent an hour looking for it last night after reading Cherdo's post, and this video just can't be found anymore.

      It's the one for 'SHAKIN''. The video features a 1950s diner called Rae's that's on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, very close to where West L.A. begins. My buddies and I used to go to Rae's for breakfast often on hungover mornings. (Everyone liked their "bithkith an' gravy", as we used to say it.)

      Apparently (so I learned last night) the chick who did the dancing in that video and took Eddie for a ride in her low rider later became famous under the pseudonym of Appollonia (or something like that). I guess she was a... friend... of Prince's and he made her a star... or sumpin' like that. (Frankly, I didn't know Prince was "that" way inclined, but I don't follow the celebrity stuffs at all.)

      I don't know if the reason the Eddie Money video for 'SHAKIN'' has disappeared is BECAUSE this Appollonia chick is in it and she raised a ruckus after stardom struck her or not. But it sure seems funny that one can't find that video anymore, even though it got lots of playing time on MTV back when the "M" stood for "music".

      ~ D-FensDogG

      POSTSCRIPT: Cherdo, I woke up this morning with the right "F" in my mind. I'll bet my entire collection of canned sardines that "F stands for... The Mac".

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    3. No, I'm the Mac (my other nickname that most of my high school friends would recognize. I have friends that still don't realize my name ISN'T Mac).

      Actually, you've mentioned the correct one that I chose for tomorrow somewhere along the way. Pat yourself on the back.

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    4. Hey, Stephen - I found the vid you were searching for. Parts of it were embedded in an episode of Beavis & Butt-head:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGULTpdRunE

      Yours truly and sincerely,

      SHECKY SHADY SHAFT

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    5. Thanks, ShecShaSha! Just watched and... you're right. (Not to say I thought you wouldn't be right after you wrote what you said.)

      I actually found that one in my search last night, but I didn't know part of the video would be found within the B&B cartoon. And after about 4 seconds of B&B, I continued my search elsewhere. (My tolerance for B&B is so astoundingly minuscule that's it not even worth mentioning.)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    6. I'm glad that I'm keeping you boys a-Googling...

      :-)

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  8. Great song, Cherdo. You are really dredging up some great memories of these artists!

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    1. It's pretty easy to come up with a list of musicians I love - it's harder to choose one! I almost did Enya from Clannad...she was one of a kind and unique.

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  9. I didn't even know I knew the words to that song, but read the title and poof, there they were haha

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    1. You're so much deeper that you'll admit. :-)

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  10. Really enjoyed the post and learning about Eddie Money. I wasn't familiar with him before reading this.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with the rest of the challenge :)

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  11. I've never seriously been into music, but this was a great song and it was fun hearing it again.

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    1. It's not too late, Stephen! LOL. Play music while you paint!

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  12. I never really thought about the impact of his music, but his songs are classics. Great points Cheryl!

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    1. Thanks, Maurice! More musicians to come...

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  13. Nice song! As a music lover, I'm really enjoying your challenge. :)

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    1. Thanks, Chrys - this is really easy for me! I love music.

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  14. Rammer Jamme Yellow HammerApril 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    How about Eddie Cochran?

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    1. Eddie Cochran! NOW yer talkin'! I wore a black & white pin with his image on it on my black leather jacket for years.
      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. Hey, I love Eddie Cochran! It's hard to just pick one E musician (my husband is still wondering why I didn't do The E Street Band).

      Even harder - short posts between 100-300 words. I could get really verbose on this topic.

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  15. Eddie Money....great choice. Eddie Van Halen would have been okay, too.
    But, if you picked Eddie Munster, I'd be out of here.
    Unless you'd be cool with that?

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    1. Al, I'd never be cool with you being "out of here." Besides, my favorite was Fred Gwynne and he only sang in The Littlest Angel (ha ha).

      I almost chose Eddie Van Halen...but their in-fighting gets on my nerves. Be grateful, people!

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  16. Brand new follower here, dropping by from A to Z.

    Nice to meet you, Cherdo!

    2015 A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Matthew MacNish from The QQQE

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    1. Thanks, Matthew! Glad to see you drop in. I've been by your blog today, too. :-)

      Hope to see you again and thanks for hosting.

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  17. Cherdo, can't you see all the outrage if you HAD picked Eddie Munster? The music industry takes its toll, doesn't it?

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    1. I wouldn't be able to raise my bloggy head in public, Roland! Ha ha ha.

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  18. Thanks for the musical memory today. I love hearing his songs.

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    1. I serve at her majesty's pleasure. :-)

      Glad to see you back! Thanks!

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  19. Didn't realize the album with Two Tickets was his first.

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    1. Yep! What I find funny is the fact that it all seems like yesterday. The more I talk about music, the time in between starts to disappear. It's a good thing...

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  20. Thank you for visiting my blog. A good E post on Eddie Money

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    1. Thanks! Happy to visit. I'll be back!

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  21. I love his voice. I didn't know about his police career. Take me Home Tonight is probably my favorite of his.

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  22. Just what I needed to rock out on a Monday morning :D Thanks!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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    1. My pleasure...love the 26 Ways to Die, by the way. Everyone should check that out (hint, hint!).

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  23. Take Me Home Tonight is such a wonderful song. Sexy too.

    But I always wondered...who is Ronnie? Or am I twisting lyrics? He is saying just like ronnie said, right?

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    1. Ronnie Spector - the woman in the video. Her girl-group, The Ronettes, sang "Be My Baby."

      Check it out, Elizabeth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrVbawRPO7I

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  24. Yes, yes, yes, Eddie Money.
    You named so many of my favorites, plus The Steve Miller Band.
    Now just add Jack Mack and The Heart Attacks and I am just fine !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. We'd round it out nicely, eh? Thanks, parsnip!

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  25. Good choice of theme. I only know the Beatles though I`m afraid. thanks for the visit.

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    1. Alls forgiven; glad to see you on the Flipside!

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  26. So far I am LOVING your choices in music!!! I'll be back to see what you do for F! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  27. We cut our drinking teeth on No Control. And Take Me Home Tonight I think is beyond the pale in rock music.

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    1. I think it's just this side o' the pale...
      :-)

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  28. I enjoyed Eddie music as well. I love Baby Hold On to Me, because the music sounds just like a motorcycle. And I adore the way he samples the Ronettes version of Be My Baby in the song Take Me Home Tonight.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp's Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge

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    1. I loved the way he included Ronnie Spector - Thanks, Barbara!

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  29. Love Eddie Money. One of several tapes that played continuously during and after my divorce as I was driving the Loop in San Antonio during many sleepless nights in the mid-80s. My current husband is not a fan, but I got a clip of "Take Me Home Tonight" and used it on an early cell phone as his ring tone. Shhh. Don't tell.

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    1. That secret is safe with me! Thanks for stopping by, Jean!

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  30. I haven't heard this song in a long time, and it really brings back memories! I also never knew that Eddie Money almost became a police officer. This was both educational and entertaining, Cherdo!

    Julie

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    1. There's a lot of talent on this A-to-Z list, for sure!

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  31. Well, I can see all the "good" comments are taken. Eddie Money. Woot!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo