Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4); 1986

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Brooklyn-born Edward Mahoney was still a kid when Ronnie Bennett, her sister Estelle, and cousin Nedra Talley danced and sang their way into the spotlight at Manhattan’s Peppermint Lounge. He was 14 when the Ronette’s, as the girls were now known, began having hits. In the 1970’s Eddie briefly studied at the New York Police Academy, plus moonlighted as Eddie Money, singer. Eventually, Eddie moved to California where Bill Graham, of the famous Fillmore rock clubs and concerts, signed him to a management deal which led to a recording contract. Meanwhile, Ronnie married and divorced producer Phil Spector, and recorded with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, while Eddie just missed the Top 10 with Baby Hold On in 1978. In 1986, Ronnie lent her sexy vocals to Eddie’s Take Me Home Tonight, borrowing the refrain from her 1963 #2 hit, Be My Baby. As for Eddie, his performance won him a Grammy nomination as Best Male Rock Vocalist.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Eddie Money
  • Richie Zito
  • Jacob Dooley

Lyrics Written by:

  • Mick Leeson
  • Peter Vale
  • Ellie Greenwich
  • Jeff Barry
  • Phil Spector