Wednesday, March 09, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Eddie Money
Song:Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby
Album:The Best Of Eddie Money
Eddie Money had success in the early 80s with his blue collar rock style and some funny music videos. But his career was fading when he came up with this ingenious use of Ronettes lead singer Ronnie Spector that played on nostalgia. Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby would turn out to be his biggest hit. He was born Edward Mahoney Mar. 2, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY. He planned to become a cop like his dad. But while attending the New York Police Academy in 1973, he was singing on the side as Eddie Money. But he left New York for Berkeley, CA to pursue a music career. Legendary promoter Bill Graham became his manager and got him a contract at Columbia Records. Money made a big splash with the 1978 hits Baby Hold On and Two Tickets To Paradise. His 1977 debut album Eddie Money was certified 2XPlatinum. His 1982 album No Control was also certified Platinum and Think I'm In Love was a top 20 hit. But his 1983 album Where's The Party flopped and he was also having substance abuse issues. So Money took a break and returned with the 1986 album Can't Hold Back. Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Obviously using Ronnie Spector to sing the Ronettes classic Be My Baby as part of the song really paid off. Of course that was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector. Take Me Home Tonight was written by Michael Leeson and Peter Vale. Vale was a keyboard player for British singer Sheena Easton and wrote several songs with Leeson including For Your Eyes Only. After Vale left Easton, he worked with Jim Capaldi, Paul Young and more recently Billie Myers. Eddie Money had a couple more hits but he was fading and Columbia dropped him in 1991. He has recorded occasionally and still tours usually with his daughter Jesse Money. This budget comp is a good intro to his music. Here's the video for Take Me Home Tonight/ Be My Baby by Eddie Money featuring Ronnie Spector.