Andrews Gold (Lonely Boy) dies of cancer at 59

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Andrews Gold (Lonely Boy) dies of cancer at 59

Postby Russ_Byth » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:46 am

'Lonely Boy' composer Andrew Gold dies in LA at 59

The Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jun. 6, 2011 - 7:53 am

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Gold, a singer, musician and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit "Lonely Boy," has died. He was 59.

His sister, Melani Gold Friedman, tells the Los Angeles Times that Gold died in his sleep Friday at his home in Encino, Calif. She says he had cancer but had been responding to treatment.

Gold was a multi-instrumental player whose popular singles included "Thank You for Being a Friend" and the British hit "Never Let Her Slip Away."

He was in Linda Rondstadt's band, arranged songs for and performed on several Rondstadt albums, including "Heart Like a Wheel," and did session work for artists such as James Taylor and Carly Simon.

Gold's mother was movie singer Marni Nixon, and his father was Ernest Gold, who composed the Oscar-winning score for "Exodus."

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Re: Andrews Gold (Lonely Boy) dies of cancer at 59

Postby crs » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:14 am

While "Thank You For Being A Friend" was popularized as the theme to "The Golden Girls" in the 80s, I always like this song:

BTW, he was briefly engaged to Nicolett Larsen, another talent we lost too soon.
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