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article imageMusician Andrew Gold dies at 59

By Lynn Curwin     Jun 6, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Andrew Gold, the musician best known for his hits "Lonely Boy", "Never Let Her Slip Away", and "Thank you for Being a Friend" (The Golden Girls theme) has died at the age of 59.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Gold's sister, Melani Gold Friedman, said he had been responding well to cancer treatment and died in his sleep at home on Friday. Several news sources stated that the cause of death was a heart attack.
Gold's parents were both musicians and he was interested in music from an early age. He sang, wrote songs, and played several instruments.
"Writing his first songs at 13, he proceeded to learn a variety of instruments including Drums, Bass, Guitar, and Keyboards," states the biography on his website.
He formed a group called Bryndle in the late 1960's, and joined Linda Ronstadt's band in 1973.
"Andrew was so enormously talented it almost seemed effortless," Linda Ronstadt told The Los Angeles Times . "He was a real cornerstone of those early records."
He also worked with (singing and/or writing) Art Garfunkel, Celine Dion, 10cc, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, Paul McCartney and others.
During the seventies he released four solo albums.
"Lonely Boy" was a hit in 1977, and was included in the soundtracks of two movies--"Boogie Nights" and "The Waterboy." The next year, "Thank You For Being A Friend" was released.
" Although "Thank You For Being A Friend" didn't peak as high as "Lonely Boy," a case could be made that it was Gold's most famous song," stated Cashbox Magazine.
It was often used as a dedication song on Casey Kasem's countdown shows, and also became the theme song sung by Cynthia Fee for the TV series "Golden Girls" from 1985 to 1992.
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