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Every day, somewhere across the globe, someone is enjoying the music of Andrew Gold. Whether it’s his joyous ode “Thank You for Being a Friend,” his plaintive hit “Lonely Boy,” his chiming guitar work and supple arrangements on various classic tracks such as Linda Ronstadt’s smash “You’re No Good,” his crafty, ear-friendly art-pop as one half of the duo Wax UK, or one of his engaging children’s albums, Andrew produced some of the most beloved sounds of the past 50 years.
Andrew’s remarkable career in popular music showcased his prodigious talents as a mellifluous, passionate singer; a polished, thoughtful, astute songwriter; a creative, meticulous producer, arranger and engineer; and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist. Born in Burbank, CA. on August 2, 1951 and raised in Hollywood, Andrew was a precocious kid. He wrote his first songs when he was a mere 13 years old, dazzled by the sweet and glistening din of the British Invasion ensembles – especially the Beatles. Diligently, he mastered a band’s worth of instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. It’s no surprise that music was Andrew’s calling. His father, Ernest Gold, was one of Hollywood’s premier composers, winning an Academy Award for scoring the epic feature-film “Exodus.” And his mother, Marni Nixon, was an accomplished singer and musical performer renowned for providing the singing voices of famous actresses in high-profile films, such as Natalie Wood in “West Side Story”; Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”; and Deborah Kerr in “The King and I.”
While a schoolboy abroad in England, Andrew scored his first recording contract at the age of 16 after he submitted a selection of demos to Polydor Records’ London office. It would only be a few years later when he would have his first major impact on the world of pop music, teaming up with then-rising country-rock singer Linda Ronstadt and her producer Peter Asher. Beginning with her 1974 breakthrough album “Heart Like a Wheel,” Andrew collaborated on the majority of Linda's records in the 1970s. He sang and played behind her as a mainstay of her band, manning virtually every instrument on her #1 hit "You're No Good" (which features a classic Gold guitar bridge) and much of “Heart Like a Wheel." As Linda’s go-to arranger, he crafted the sounds of such memorable Ronstadt chart-toppers as "When Will I Be Loved," and "Heatwave.” Andrew was in Linda’s band from 1973 until