NYPD clears up Eddie Money cop mystery
He wrote “Two Tickets to Paradise,” but he never wrote a traffic ticket.
On Friday night, the NYPD cleared up the mystery of whether rocker Eddie Money was ever a cop, as he’d sometimes claimed: He wasn’t.
But the rocker was, briefly, a trainee, a police spokeswoman said of Money, who died in Los Angeles on Friday at age 70.
“Eddie Money served in the capacity of of a police trainee,” Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told The Post. “He was never appointed to the rank of Police Officer. The NYPD offers their condolences to his family.”
Over the years, the rocker, who was born Edward Mahoney in Brooklyn, has sometimes claimed in interviews that his first career was as a cop with the NYPD back in the late ’60s or early ’70s — but he’d also claimed he was a training dropout.
His official website claims he served two years as an NYPD officer before making it big in rock-n-roll.
“I’m proud of the fact that I served in the police department,” he said in an interview with rock historian John Beaudin posted on Rockhistorymusic.com.
He has given other accounts, however.
“I was on the waiting list to go into the Police Academy, he told The Tolucan Times in LA last year.
“But I couldn’t see myself in a police uniform for 20 years of my life, with short hair,” he quipped.
Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy