Andrew Gold was a singer-songwriter-producer who was the son of the composer Ernest Gold and his first wife, singer Marni Nixon. He was a popular studio musician in the early '70s, when he played guitar and sang on many Linda Ronstadt recordings. After a spell in a folk-rock band called Bryndle, he released his first solo album in 1975. His breakout hit came in 1977 with "Lonely Boy
," which went to #7 in the US. "Thank You for Being a Friend" appeared on his third album.
Gold charted with another song from that album, "Never Let Her Slip Away
," which went to #67, but that was his last entry as a solo artist. For much of the '80s, he was in the band Wax with Graham Gouldman; they reached #43 US in 1986 with "Right Between The Eyes" and #12 UK in 1987 with "Bridge to Your Heart." He also co-wrote the Wynonna Judd song "I Saw the Light," which was a #1 Country hit in 1992. Gold died in 2011 at age 59.