Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, he started out in law enforcement, his father’s profession, spending two years as a New York City police officer before deciding to try music. After, he took advantage of the growth of MTV in the early 80s. He had big success in the U.S. with songs “Baby Hold On,Two Tickets to Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight. Others of his hits includes “Maybe I’m a Fool” (No. 22), “Think I’m in Love” (No. 16) and “Shakin’” (No. 63) in 1982, “Take Me Home Tonight” in 1986, which reached No. 4 (his highest charting song) and “Walk on Water” (No. 9) in 1988. Known also for his comedic manner, both in his music videos and in interviews, he said last year that, despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.”
Money revealed his cancer diagnosis on August 24. “Am I gonna live a long time? Who knows, it’s in God’s hands. But you know what? I’ll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day.” A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018.