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Locals catch Eddie Money show at Fair
Eddie Money
Eddie Money practices for his Monday show at the Stanislaus County Fair. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

A large number of Ceres area residents were entertained at the Stanislaus County on Monday evening by rock legend Eddie Money as he belted out such hits as "Two Tickets to Paradise," and "Take Me Home Tonight."

The 66-year-old San Francisco native who was born as Edward Joseph Money, began charting hits in the 1970s with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise." Money took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love," but his career began to fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction. He made his comeback in 1986 with "Can't Hold Back."

He said he licked his drug addiction in 2001 after he came "to the realization that I didn't really need [it] for my quick wit."