Andrew Gold died this week. Perhaps he never rose to the level of fame that some of his friends and collaborators like Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Jackson Browne and others, but all of us knew many of his songs.
“Thank You for Being a Friend” became popular as the theme song for The Golden Girls, and “The Final Frontier” was used for Mad About You.
I first “met” Andrew online in the early 90s, as the internet was in its infancy, and he would participate on the AOL message boards. He was funny and flirty, and we became friends before Facebook made it so simple.
In 1995, when he joined forces with his friends and collaborators Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards to release an album as a band they called Bryndle, I was honored to host them on the air in the KSCA “Music Hall” in Los Angeles. I’m sure someone out there has a recording of the session; I’d love to get a copy of it.
I didn’t keep in touch with Andrew, and now it’s too late. Andrew Gold died from a heart attack on June 3, 2011. He was 59.