1978 Andrew Gold – Thank You For Being A Friend
Andrew Gold may not be a well-known name, but he played on a lot of records by other artists. He was born in Burbank, California, and his parents were both accomplished show business people. Marni Nixon was his mother, and movie companies dubbed her singing voice over other actresses in movies like My Fair Lady and West Side Story. She also acted on and off-Broadway and did voiceovers for cartoons (including the Grandmother in Mulan). Ernest Gold was his father, and he composed the scores for Exodus, On The Beach, and literally dozens of other films.
It’s no surprise that Andrew sought a career in music. He was proficient in almost any instrument and frequently played all the instruments on a record. He also inherited some of his mother’s singing ability. By the time he was 16, he had already signed a recording contract and released his first single.
Andrew became a member of Linda Ronstadt’s band in 1973. He played most of the instruments on her #1 record, You’re No Good. He played instruments and/or provided vocals on most of the songs on the album the single came from.
He also began releasing his own albums in 1975. Linda supplied backing vocals for his single of Lonely Boy in 1977 and the song peaked at #7 on the Hot 100.
The next year, his single Thank You for Being a Friend reached #25 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The television show Golden Girls used a cover of that song as its theme song.
While he never reached the top forty again, Andrew continued releasing albums or singles as a solo artist or as a member of various groups through 2002. He also produced, engineered, wrote songs, and sang and played instruments on albums by a wide variety of artists, including the Eagles, Brian Wilson, Eric Carmen, Neil Young, 10cc, Neil Diamond, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Cher, and dozens of other artists. He toured extensively with many groups.
Andrew died in 2011 from heart failure after fighting complications of kidney cancer.