Singer Eddie Money dies, age 70

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Even though it was just weeks ago that Headline News reported that singer Eddie Money had stage four esophageal cancer, today the New York Times announces that the singer has died.

Eddie Money style

Whether he was performing in button-down short-sleeve shirts or suits, Money always gave the impression of being unassuming and just one of the people.

His song themes seemed to give insights into the kind of person he really was – – the imperfect but well-meaning significant other was a repeat theme. He also had respect for singers who came before him. Money’s work in the 1980s with Ronnie Spector earned him one of his biggest hits with “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Money’s songs were heartfelt. His soundscapes were decidedly urban and pulsated with an energy that was encapsulated by crying guitars and searing saxophones.

Eddie Money was one of a kind. His list of hits dates back to the 1970s. From “Baby Hold On,” “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down,” and “Two Tickets To Paradise,” Money was as solid as he was varied. Then, in the 1980s, he wowed audiences with “Shakin’,” “I Wanna Go Back” and “Take Me Home Tonight” among others. “I Wanna Go Back” also showcased his penchant for the rock music of yesteryear.

Money will be deeply missed.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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