Was there ever a less likely rock star than Eddie Money? Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney (like really, who’s last name is actually Money?) into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. Contrary to popular music folklore, Money wasn’t actually a New York City cop before hitting the big time, but his grandfather, father, and one of his brothers were, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee for a short period of time. However, as his music career took off, he eventually gave up law enforcement in favor of becoming a full-time musician.
“Baby Hold On” was written by Eddie Money and guitarist Jimmy Lyon and released in 1978 as the lead single from Money’s debut album Eddie Money. The song eventually reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be featured in the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and the hit movie Joe Dirt.
Here’s his performance of “Baby Hold On to Me” from 1977 on The Midnight Special, with a great introduction by Steve Perry!