1988 Eddie Money – Walk On Water
Edward Joseph Mahoney was born in Brooklyn and lived in Levittown on Long Island during some of the same years that I briefly lived there. He moved to Queens for a few years in his teens and graduated from high school in 1967.
Eddie began singing in various rock bands, in part hoping to attract attention from females. Several of his family members were police officers, so Eddie began working as a trainee in the New York City Police Department. After less than a year of desk work, he abandoned the job and began work as a full-time singer.
Eddie moved to California and shortened his stage name to Eddie Money. He sang in clubs until he signed with Columbia Records and recorded his first album in 1977. His first charting single, Baby Hold On, reached #11 on the Hot 100 in 1978. His next single, Two Tickets To Paradise, made it to #22. Despite a long list of releases, he did not reach the top ten again until Take Me Home Tonight reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1986.
Eddie followed that success with a few less-than-successful singles. His next visit to the top ten on the Hot 100 came in 1988 when Walk On Water reached #9 on the Hot 100. The single had nothing in common with the 1972 Neil Diamond song that had the same title.
Eddie was a lifelong smoker and had heart valve surgery in 2019. He recovered from the surgery and a bout of pneumonia, but then they diagnosed him with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Eddie died a few months later.
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