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Eddie Money 40th Anniversary

As I prepared dual anniversaries for two of Eddie Money‘s best selling albums, Eddie Money  debut forty years ago this month and the big breakthrough No Control  five years later,  it occurred that one of the less recognized aspects of the brief but all-important Punk Rock trend in the latter half of the Seventies is how it aided and abetted countless upstart bands at the same time which were not necessarily a part of that CBGB Club scene. Regardless of whether you  liked The Ramones, Television, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Dead Boys et al enough to actually buy their records and see their live shows, there is no doubt that the stirring of the rock crock pot by the Punks caused a lot of interest in new bands in general, particularly for the New York City-based record labels and rock press.

Singer/ songwriter Eddie Money may have been in San Francisco when he convinced legendary concert promoter Bill Graham to manage him, but both Money and his mentor were Big Apple natives, which didn’t hurt when Columbia Records offered Eddie a deal for his self-titled debut forty years ago. The often hilarious, sometimes harrowing, always colorful rags-to-riches-to-rehab story of Eddie Money’s first four albums, with several stops at the top of the charts including the 1982 million-seller fourth album No Control   thirty-five years ago, includes “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Baby Hold On”, and “I Wanna Be a Rock’n’Roll Star” from Eddie’s unadorned yet impressive 1977 debut Eddie Money.Redbeard