Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Andrew Gold: 1951 - 2011
by Larry Simons
June 7, 2011
Another of my favorite singers growing up in the 1970’s has passed away. Singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Gold, has died at age 59 apparently from cancer. The singer died June 3 in his sleep, two months shy of his 6oth birthday.
Gold first gained notoriety in the early 70’s as a member of Linda Ronstadt’s band and played a key role in two of her biggest hits, “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved”. In 1977, Gold shot to stardom with the #7 hit “Lonely Boy” from his second solo album, “What’s Wrong with This Picture?”.
A year later, Gold enjoyed a top 25 hit “Thank You For Being A Friend”, which later gained additional success when a cover version was used as the theme for the hit show The Golden Girls.
Lesser known facts about Gold include he had a major hit in the UK titled, “Never Let Her Slip Away” in 1978 and that he, along with ex-10cc member Graham Gouldman, formed the group Wax in 1986 and released two singles, “Right Between the Eyes”  and “Bridge to Your Heart” .
Gold also sang the theme song to the hit sitcom Mad About You, titled “Final Frontier”.
I emailed Andrew Gold in 1999 and asked him if I could have his autograph if I mailed my address. He graciously responded with a “yes”. I received the autograph a few weeks later. It is shown in the photo above. It was the only autograph I ever received by request through email.
Here are some of Gold’s best songs
“Lonely Boy” 
“Thank You For Being A Friend” 
“Right Between the Eyes” [Wax, 1986]