Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday (Sept. 13). He was 70.
Money spent a great deal of his childhood in Rochester; his Aunt Mickie and Uncle Jackie lived here. He would eventually return as a star, coming to Rochester to perform at the Lilac Festival and other venues.
Money felt so connected to Rochester that he decided it was the perfect place to premiere the musical that chronicled his life, “Two Tickets to Paradise,” in early 2018. He narrated and performed in the production.
During that Broadway run, Money made time to sit down with News 8’s Adam Chodak in a wide-ranging interview. Money told Chodak he never tired of performing his hits.
A statement provided by Money’s family reads: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. 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.”
Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.
Money was a New York City police officer for two years before he became a full-time musician. In 1987, he received a Best Rock Vocal Grammy Nomination for “Take Me Home Tonight,” which featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector.