“One Hit Wonders” – those singers like Vanilla Ice, Men Without Hats, The Archies, The Buggles, The Knack, and Los Del Rio left us one magical moment and then disappeared into oblivion. Some artists had lightning strike twice and scored two memorable monster hits that captured our imagination before their vanishing act. Today’s spotlight is on 70’s pop star, Andrew Gold. Remember that TV show “Golden Girls” with Betty White? That’s Andrew’s song “Thank You For Being A Friend” in the opening credits. It makes no difference that Cindy Fee vocals are on the TV show, we all know the lyrics by heart. It went to #25 in 1978. It wasn’t even Andrew’s biggest hit record. Earlier he recorded “Lonely Boy” in 1977 that cracked the Billboard Top 10. Many thought the song was written about Andrew’s rough childhood but he laughed it off and said it was pure fiction. “Lonely Boy” has continued in the spotlight when it was added to the soundtracks for Mark Wahlberg’s “Boogie Nights”, Adam Sandler’s “The Waterboy”, and even covered by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters as a bootleg single.
“THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND” – ANDREW GOLD
While Andrew Gold remains a two-hit musical wonder, his background story is fascinating! Did you know his mom recorded the vocals for Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”? Remember that killer guitar riff on Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good”, Andrew arranged and recorded almost all of the instruments on that song and toured with Linda as well as The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Art Garfunkel. He wrote Top 40 hit songs for artists as diverse as Cher, Wynonna Judd, and Celine Dion. Sadly, Andrew Gold passed away in 2011 at the age of 59 (heart failure) but he’ll always stay in our nostalgia with two of the most memorable hits of the 70s.
“LONELY BOY” – ANDREW GOLD