Singer Eddie Money died today at age 70 after a battle with stage four esophageal cancer.
You probably know him best for hit singles such as “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’,” and “Take me Home Tonight,” among many others. He released 11 studio albums from 1977 to 2007 and continued to perform live well into his sixties.
A little bit of Googling reveals that Eddie, real name Edward Joseph Mahoney, was an Oakland Raiders fan, having moved to California to build his music career after growing up on Long Island.
The audio is no longer attached to this story, but apparently Eddie went on Boston’s Toucher and Rich show and revealed that likes the Red Sox but is not a Patriots fan.
Eddie has lived in California since getting his start as a musician and is a noted Oakland Raiders fan, so he hates the Patriots for obvious reasons. But it’s not because of silly cheating scandals, it’s because they “never lose.” He added that he is a big Red Sox fan, though.
I came across another story titled “Rock legend Eddie Money on following the L.A. Dodgers & the Oakland Raiders,” which contains this section:
How long have you been a Dodgers fan?
Eddie Money: When I was a kid, my father was an usher at Ebbets Field. I have a baseball signed by the 1955 Dodgers in fountain pen — Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo… I was always into the Dodgers, then when the Dodgers moved to California, my father was so mad. But I still followed the Dodgers when they moved to California.
I used to live in the Bay Area, but I’m back where I belong. I wear the Dodger jerseys, I go to all the games. Mike Scioscia is a good friend of my wife; my wife goes to Mike Scioscia’s wife’s spin class. Vin Scully lives in my neighbourhood, I run into Vin Scully every now and then. If somebody cut me, they would realize that my blood is blue.
So you never came close to becoming a Mets or Yankees fan?
Eddie Money: The Mets, I couldn’t have cared less. The Mets took the place of the Dodgers, nobody liked them. Nobody liked the Yankees. because back in the 50s, the Yankees beat the Dodgers. I still hate the Yankees… The Dodgers aren’t in it this year, which is unfortunate, but maybe things will turn around.
Great stuff. I knew I liked Eddie Money. In addition to all of the great songs he released over the years, he was a regular on the national anthem circuit, performing the song at Raiders and Dodgers games.
Here’s a live version of my favorite Money jam:
Rest in peace, Eddie.