It is sad to read that American singer / songwriter Andrew Gold passed way on Friday 3rd June from a heart attack, he was 59. His songs were a part of my growing up and to the occasional listener he will only be known for leaving us with three seminal hits of the 70′s with Lonely Boy, Thank You For Being a Friend and his top 5 UK hit Never Let Her Slip Away, though stalwart music fans will know there is so much more that he has given back to music over the past forty years and when you read about his contributions it’s a who’s who of music and underlines what a true talent he was.
Born in California in 1951 to a theatrical background, his Mother, Marni Nixon was the singing voice of numerous movie actresses including Audrey Hepburn for My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood for West Side Story and Deborah Kerr for The King and I. His Father was Academy Award winning film composer Ernest Gold.
In the early 1970′s he started out as a musician, producer and arranger and a major contribution to Linda Ronstadt’s breakthrough album Heart Like A Wheel, including her US no 1 You’re No Good a cover of the Betty Everett song, which was also a hit in the UK for The Swinging Blue Jeans Andrew was also involved with Linda’s four follow up albums.
In 1975 Andrew decided to record as a solo artist and produced four albums and ten singles on both sides of the Atlantic, before the decade was out. Though he still kept the collaborations coming, playing all the instruments on Art Garfunkle’s hit Only Have Eyes For You, helping out Eric Carmen and Stephen Bishop including playing on his hit On and On. He also recorded or played live individually with all four of the Beatles as well as long-term friend Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys and Don Henley from The Eagles, later joining the full Eagles band on tour. He also found time to tour with James Taylor, Jackson Brownne as well as co-writing with 10cc and was credited a second engineer on Joni Mitchell’s album Blue.
In the 80′s having helped out 10cc before and being an admirer of their song writing talent he was pleased to be invited to join the band, though due to business conflicts this never happened, though when the band itself split up he did join Graham Gouldman, one of the founding members to form the band Wax who managed a top 15 UK hit with Bridge to your heart.
He continued to work through the 90′s on various projects as well as touring so clearly this is someone who has left us far too early.
I will leave it to others to expand further on Andrew Gold’s wide and varied career I will just leave it to his music.