Radio paid tribute to quintessential 70s and 80s rocker Eddie Money Friday, sharing the news of his death from cancer at age 70, and spinning his biggest hits. While Money first made his mark at rock and top 40 radio, today his music transcended formats with spins detected on active rock, hot AC, top 40, triple A, urban AC and his recently adopted home of AC.
Spins for Money’s 1977 breakout smash "Baby Hold On" were up by more than sevenfold, according to Mediabase. Airplay tripled for follow-up "Two Tickets to Paradise,” released in 1978. But it was Money’s 1986 top 5 comeback “Take Me Home Tonight,” a duet with Ronnie Spector, that enjoyed the most airplay, with hundreds of spins today.
Stations also shared the news on their websites and social media pages. Beasley rocker WMMR (93.3) Philadelphia posted a flashback photo of Money performing in 2011 at morning show Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger. iHeartRadio posted the August AXS TV video of Money first revealing he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer, but vowing to keep performing.
Money’s music was considered blue-collar at its core, Variety suggested in its coverage of his death. Over the course of his 40-year career, he released 11 albums and seven compilations, alongside two dozen singles. His self-titled 1977 double-platinum debut on Columbia included two of his most famous hits, "Baby Hold On" and “Two Tickets To Paradise.” He reached No. 1 at mainstream rock in 1980 with “Think I’m in Love” and again in 1986 with “Take Me Home Tonight” (with Ronnie Spector), which also represented a pop comeback, peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100, to become his biggest career top 40 radio hit. He had one more top 10 hit, “Walk on Water” in 1988. Most recently, Money released the album “Brand New Day” in July 2019.
A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. It chronicled his life at home, on the road and with his family, as well as his health struggles, Variety reported. Earlier, he dealt with drug and alcohol abuse, nearly dying of an overdose that left him unable to walk for a year.
Money grew up on Long Island, and followed in his father’s footsteps as a New York City cop, before leaning toward music. He became part of the San Francisco club scene, meeting promoter Bill Graham, who became his manager.
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