Monday, June 6, 2011
The Passing Of Andrew Gold
There was some confusion over the weekend about the death of pop songwriter and producer Andrew Gold. No credible news reports were found, as the only places to find any information were on blogs, or on Wikipedia. I posted a brief tribute. I've been a fan since "Lonely Boy." But then I received a message from a reader which said, "Take this down or amend it. He is not dead."
Sadly, this news has been confirmed by both his sister on her Facebook page, his mother, singer Marni Nixon, as well as a few news sources.
I listened to all of Andrew Gold's Rhino CD collection, "Thank You For Being A Friend: Best Of," yesterday, and while most us will cite Gold as a one-hit wonder thanks to the aforementioned "Lonely Boy," or the "guy who sings The Golden Girls theme," this 20 track compilation has very little filler. I'm a fan, and I was surprised at just how solid his songwriting was.
Take a look.
One of my favorites, from his 1978 LP, "All This & Heaven, Too," is "Oh, Urania," which always reminded me of 10CC.
Of course, we can't forget Andrew's work with Linda Ronstadt, a period of her career that was arguably never equalled.
Sad day for pop music.