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Thank You for Being a Friend

by

Andrew Gold



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Seven years after this song was a hit for singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, it became the theme from the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985-1992. Cynthia Fee sang the TV version. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
Andrew Gold was a singer-songwriter-producer who was the son of the composer Ernest Gold and his first wife, singer Marni Nixon. Andrew, who had another hit in 1977 with "Lonely Boy," died in 2011 at age 59.
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Comments (9):

On February 5th 1978, "Thank You For Being A Friend" by Andrew Gold entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #73; and on April 9th it peaked at #25 (for 2 weeks) and spent 15 weeks in the Top 100...
His father, Ernest Gold, won the 1960 Academy Award for 'Best Musical Score' for 'Exodus'; the covered version of "Exodus" by Ferrante & Teicher peaked at #2 on the Top 100 in 1961...
His mother, Marni Nixon, dubbed the singing voices for Deborah Kerr in the movie 'The King and I', for Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story' and Audrey Hepburn for 'My Fair Lady' (Ms. Hepburn won the Oscar for 'Best Actress')...
R.I.P. Mr. Gold (1951 - 2011), his father, Ernest, (1921 - 1999), and his mother, Ms. Nixon, will celebrate her 84th birthday in seventeen days on February 22nd (2014).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
'And when we die and float away
Into the night, the Milky Way
You'll hear me call, as we ascend
I'll see you there, then once again
Thank you for being a friend.'
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
A lot of people still watch the Golden Girls but just don't admit it! This song will forever be associated with the TV show. It's just like the theme song to Cheers where 'you wanna go where everybody knows your name'. All you have to do is hear the first six words and you think of the show.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
There was a good reason for those depressing tunes of the late 70s.
The whole nation was not in good shape at the time.
We had Watergate, Vietnam had just ended, the economic and diplomatic mess of Jimmy Carter.
Wasn't much to be happy about.
- steven, waynesboro, VA
Bill in Southeastern Florida: the song Rocky wasn't about a woman named Rocky; the husband's name is Rocky. Listen closer to the words: "and she said Rocky I've never been in love before/never had a baby before/never had to die before, don't know if I can do it". She's not singing to herself.
- Cindy, Tempe, AZ
Whats great about this song is, when you put one of your friends up to karaoke it without their knowledge, they go up there expecting some Metallica and this starts. HAHA! More cool is when said friend knows the words to this song!
- Amandass, Buckley, WA
I freakin love it when they sing that song for the Golden Girls!
- Jesse, Haddam, CT
Don't forget Andrew Gold's hit Lonely Boy, a song that was eternally playing on my alarm clock radio when it went off at 8 a.m. each morning at camp throughout the summer of 1976. Ugh. Perhaps, I should have changed the station. This song, if you haven't heard it, is about a boy who was the center of his parents' attention until his new sister came around, and he freaked out. It's not one of my favorite songs, mainly because I don't like those depressing 1970s songs that tell weird stories, for example, The Blind Man In The Bleachers (The only way for his father to see him play football was for his father to die and watch from Heaven), Rocky (not Stallone, but a woman named Rocky who dies and her husband is sad because his daughter looks so much like his dearly departed wife), Run Joey Run (A father hates his daughter's boyfriend, so he tries to shoot him, but he misses and kill his daughter by mistake), Living Next Door To Alice (This guy secretly loves his next door neighbor Alice. One day, Alice gets into a limo and she's gone)...you know, those depressing songs that can be found on many of the Have A Nice Day CD collections. And these songs were hits! Weren't there any non-dysfuncional people in the 1970s?
- Bill, southeastern part of, FL
Andrew recorded and toured as part of Linda Ronstadt's band
- Dave, Pomeroy, OH
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