Last Friday, the music world lost the man responsible for the song we all sang along with whenever The Golden Girls came on -- Andrew Gold.
Back in 1977, Gold had a minor hit with "Lonely Boy," a song I loved to hear whenever it popped up on the radio, which it did often since it reached #7 on the charts. And the following year, he released "Thank You For Being A Friend" -- the song that would later be sung by someone else and become firmly associated with those brassy, sassy broads on a sitcom. Me? I always remembered the Andrew Gold version and missed hearing his voice. While we're discussing sitcoms, he was also heard singing the theme song "Mad About You" (written by Paul Rieser and Don Was).
What many people don't know about Gold was that his songwriting career actually began at the age of 13. From there he began performing with a variety of artists, including Liinda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkle, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Cher, and many others. Gold's gentle flowing guitar and piano work helped define the sound of easy listening pop music of the 1970s and well-beyond.
The 59 year-old had been battling renal cancer, but the cause of death has been reported as a heart attack.
And now, two of Andrew's biggest hits:
Now we're the lonely ones.
Thank you, Andrew Gold!
And now for a couple other less familiar songs:
His "Never Let Her Slip Away":
A reunion with Bryndle bandmates Wendy Waldman, Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards in 2007 saw them perform at the Ryman, which gives you an idea of how far and wide Gold and his friends' musical fingers reach.
Andrew Gold August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011