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Andrew Gold

Best remembered for his mid-'70s smashes "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend," pop singer/songwriter Andrew Gold was born in Burbank, California on August 2, 1951. The son of composer Ernest Gold (who won an Academy Award for his score to the film Exodus) and vocalist Marni Nixon (the singing voice of Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady), he first attracted attention as a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle alongside Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman, and Karla Bonoff; in 1973, both Gold and Edwards joined Linda Ronstadt, appearing on classic albums including 1974's Heart Like a Wheel and 1975's Prisoner in Disguise. A noted arranger as well as a skilled multi-instrumentalist, Gold swiftly emerged as one of the most sought-after session musicians on the West Coast scene, and his résumé -- including dates with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Loudon Wainwright III, and J.D. Souther -- reads like a who's-who of the singer/songwriter movement.

In 1975, Gold released his self-titled solo debut; its follow-up, What's Wrong with This Picture?, was his commercial breakthrough, notching an international hit with "Lonely Boy." "Never Let Her Slip Away, " from 1978's All This and Heaven Too, also reached the British Top Five, but the album's most enduring moment remains "Thank You for Being a Friend, " the blockbuster ballad later remade as the theme song for the hit sitcom The Golden Girls. However, 1980's Whirlwind stiffed, and Gold was cut loose from his contract with Asylum. After spending the early part of the decade touring with Ronstadt, he teamed with 10cc alumnus Graham Gouldman to form Common Knowledge, recording a self-titled LP in 1984. Gold and Goldman then rechristened their duo project Wax UK, notching a minor hit in 1986 with "Right Between the Eyes." "Bridge to Your Heart" was a British smash in 1987, but after 1989's A Hundred Thousand in Fresh Notes, Wax UK disbanded.

Returning to his solo career in 1991, Gold issued his first effort in over a decade, Home Is Where the Heart Is, before immersing himself in production work for artists ranging from Nicolette Larsen to Stephen Bishop to Eikichi Yazawa. In 1995, he reunited with Bonoff, Edwards, and Waldman in a new incarnation of Bryndle, releasing an eponymous LP before Gold's move to Connecticut forced him to leave the group soon after. 1996 saw the release of a new solo effort, ...Since 1951, as well as Halloween Howls, a record for children. Leftovers, a collection of unreleased material, followed in 1998. After producing country singer Lisa Angelle's self-titled debut in 2000, Gold released his own collection of country songs, The Spence Manor Suite. 2003's Wax Bikini collected rare material from Gold's days in Wax, and in 2005, Collectors' Choice Music reissued his first four solo albums with bonus tracks. The 2008 album Copy Cat was a new recording but heavy on covers (especially Lennon/McCartney). Copy Cat would be the last solo album released during his lifetime. After battling cancer. Andrew Gold died in his sleep at his home in Encino, California on June 3, 2011. He was 59 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Andrew Gold produced a song called Aces With You for Moon Martin (songwriter, BAD CASE OF LOVIN' YOU hit for Robert Palmer in 1979) in 1982...graet song!!! Miss you Andrew...
marca119
great music....i remember him from back in the 70s. sorry he's gone.
RIP
gilikin
T H A N K S FOR ALL THE GREAT MUSIC, Andrew you are sorely missed. It is great to see your stuff represented on Pandora.
A fantastic musician,sin g e r and songwriter.I remember him opening up with his band on the Ronstadt tours in the early days just GREAT! then backing up linda for the rest of the show.I was lucky enough to meet him on the Bryndle tour a really nice guy.He wrote so many great songs i think he was sadly a little over-looked. T H A N K S FOR THE GREAT ALL THE GREAT MUSIC. RIP
I remember when he was with Waxx and I loved the song "Right Between the Eyes" . Once VH1 showed videos from A-Z (by artist name) over a long weekend. I waited and waited for "W" to come on. And wouldn't you know...they by-passed Waxx completely! I was very sad :(. RIP Andrew! We love you!!!
Me 2. Thank U for being a FRIEND!
sad to hear of your passing, lonely boy is one of my favorite songs R.I.P.
There's not a song that he wrote that I couldn't listen to over and over again. True musical talent is not always recognized but, this guy had allot of musical talent and a golden voice. Thanks for all the great music thru the years.
One of my favorite songs on All This And Heaven is "Genevieve". Andrew Gold is one of the great singer/songw r i t e r s . Love his music!
jorgegeorge5 9
Lonely Boy ROCKS!!!!!
gilikin
I discovered him later and found I knew his stuff. Have seen him live on the America at the Ventura Theater dvd and he and Stephen Bishop are fantastic. I want new stuff from Andrew! His All This and Heaven and Too is picture perfect!
Eck. Some of the worst pretentious whiny lyrics EVER. SERIUOUSLY. Must have gotten beaten up a lot as a kid, maybe more than I did.
Andrew Gold was never a part of my record collection.
But, the music, as played on both AM and FM was part of my life as experienced in the 70s.
I remember all the great songs, even if I don't always remember who they were by.
Thanks Gold-man!

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