Andrew Gold

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Andrew Gold
Andrew Gold performing in 1980
Andrew Gold performing in 1980
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Maurice Gold
Born(1951-08-02)August 2, 1951
Burbank, California, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 2011(2011-06-03) (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • music producer
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active1967–2011
LabelsAsylum
Websiteandrewgold.com

Andrew Maurice Gold (August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011) was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who influenced much of the Los Angeles-dominated pop/soft rock sound in the 1970s.[1] Gold played on scores of records by other artists, most notably Linda Ronstadt, and had his own success with the U.S. top 40 hits "Lonely Boy" (1977) and "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978), as well as the UK top five hit "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978). In the 1980s, he had further international chart success as one half of Wax, a collaboration with 10cc's Graham Gouldman.

During the 1990s, Gold produced, composed, performed on and wrote tracks for films, commercials, and television soundtracks, such as "Final Frontier", the theme of the sitcom Mad About You. Some of his older works later experienced newfound popularity: "Thank You for Being a Friend" was used as the opening theme for The Golden Girls, and the children's novelty song "Spooky, Scary Skeletons" (1996) became an Internet meme in the 2010s. In 1997, Gold released a tribute to 1960s psychedelic music, Greetings from Planet Love, issued under the pseudonym "the Fraternal Order of the All".[2][3] He died in 2011 at age 59 from heart failure.

Early life[edit]

Gold was born on August 2, 1951, in Burbank, California,[1][4] and eventually followed his parents into show business. His mother was singer Marni Nixon, who provided the singing voice for numerous actresses, notably Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady; his father was Ernest Gold, an Austrian-born composer who won an Academy Award for his score for the movie Exodus.[5] He had two younger sisters.

Gold began writing songs at the age of 13. While in school in the United Kingdom for one year, the 16-year-old Gold scored his first recording contract on the strength of a selection of demos he submitted to Polydor Records' London office. That contract resulted in the single "Of All the Little Girls", which was recorded with his friend and collaborator Charlie Villiers, and released in 1967 under the name Villiers and Gold.[6]

Career[edit]

1970s[edit]

By the early 1970s, Gold was working full-time as a musician, songwriter and record producer. He was a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle, alongside Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman and Karla Bonoff, releasing the single "Woke Up This Morning" in 1970. He played a major role as multi-instrumentalist and arranger for Linda Ronstadt's breakthrough album, 1974's Heart Like a Wheel, and her next two albums. After Ronstadt's Hasten Down the Wind, Gold began a career as a solo artist. Among other accomplishments, he played the majority of instruments on "You're No Good", Ronstadt's only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, and on "When Will I Be Loved", "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", and many other hits. He was in her band from 1973 until 1977, and then sporadically throughout the 1980s and 1990s, performing at some of her concerts.

In 1975, Gold debuted as a solo artist, with the album Andrew Gold, and played most of the instruments on Art Garfunkel's solo hit "I Only Have Eyes For You" (which was a major hit in the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Singles Chart), as well as several other cuts on Garfunkel's album Breakaway.

Gold's second studio album, What's Wrong with This Picture?, was released in 1976 and featured the hit single "Lonely Boy", which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1977.[7]

In 1977, Gold also played guitar on two cuts of Eric Carmen's album Boats Against the Current, including "She Did It", a No. 23 hit that year.[8]

Although "Lonely Boy" was the bigger radio hit in the States, the single "Thank You for Being a Friend" from Gold's third album, All This and Heaven Too, peaked at No. 25 in 1978,[9] later gaining popularity as the theme song for The Golden Girls, performed by Cindy Fee.

Gold's biggest hit in the United Kingdom was "Never Let Her Slip Away", which peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart on two occasions, firstly by Gold himself in 1978 and again by dance-pop group Undercover in 1992. Freddie Mercury, a friend of Gold's, was an uncredited background singer.[10]

Gold also toured with the Eagles, worked in the studio and toured with Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, recorded and toured with James Taylor, and was second engineer on part of Joni Mitchell's album Blue.[11]

1980s[edit]

Gold played on Cher's hit 1989 album Heart of Stone and, during the early '90s, wrote and composed hits for Trisha Yearwood as well as Wynonna Judd, for whom he co-wrote the No. 1 single "I Saw The Light" with Lisa Angelle. (Later, Gold would produce Angelle on her own album, which featured a number of songs on whose authorship and composition they collaborated.) He also produced singles for Vince Gill, wrote and produced tracks for Celine Dion, and arranged a cover of the Everly Brothers' hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream" that was sung by stars Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen in the 1984 science-fiction film Starman.

Wax[edit]

In 1981, Gold produced, co-wrote, sang and played on three 10cc tracks that appeared on the hit-making pop-rock band's 1981 album Ten Out of 10. Subsequently, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman of 10cc invited Gold to become a member of the group. Although he had worked with them in the studio, business conflicts prevented him from joining their ranks.

In late 1983, 10cc broke up, and in the aftermath, Gold and Gouldman formed Wax. Wax recorded and toured for five years. They enjoyed international success, particularly in the UK, where the duo had several hits including "Right Between the Eyes" and their biggest hit, "Bridge to Your Heart". Wax broke up as a recording and touring entity in 1989, but Gold and Gouldman continued to write and record together whenever possible.

1990s[edit]

In the 1990s, Gold once again joined forces with ex-bandmates Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards to re-form Bryndle and release their first full-length album, Bryndle.

In 1996, Gold left Bryndle and released the children's Halloween-oriented novelty album Halloween Howls, featuring the track "Spooky Scary Skeletons". The same year, he released the solo album ....Since 1951, and produced Stephen Bishop's Blue Guitar album. Thereafter, he recorded the psychedelic '60s tribute album Greetings from Planet Love under the pseudonym "The Fraternal Order of the All," releasing it on his own record label, "QBrain Records." This album was a multi-tracked solo affair with Gold essentially playing all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals on original songs in the style of Gold's favorite 1960s bands such as The Beatles, The Byrds and The Beach Boys.

He produced, composed, and/or wrote tracks for numerous films, such as the comedy Rectuma from director Mark Pirro, and contributed songs to many television soundtracks and commercials. Among his more high-profile gigs, he sang "Final Frontier," the theme song for the television sitcom Mad About You. In a remarkable turn of events, his rendition of the song was used as the wake-up call for the Mars Pathfinder space probe in 1996.[12]

Gold also produced seven albums for Japanese singer-songwriter Eikichi Yazawa.

2000s[edit]

In 2000, Gold compiled a Wax rarities album, Bikini Wax, as well as recording and releasing a new solo album The Spence Manor Suite; this last was followed in 2002 by another solo collection, Intermission. In the early 2000s, he formed a Byrds tribute band, Byrds of a Feather, which performed in the Los Angeles area.

He appeared in a 2006 concert with the classic rock group America, and singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop, and the performance was later released as a DVD titled America And Friends – Live at the Ventura Theater.[13] The show featured Gold performing "Thank You for Being a Friend," "Final Frontier," "Bridge to Your Heart" and "Lonely Boy," as well as accompanying America and Bishop on guitar and vocals. Gold had earlier produced America's Holiday Harmony Christmas album back in 2002,[14] wherein he also played most of the instruments and co-wrote the track "Christmas in California."

Legacy[edit]

In the early 2010s, Gold's song "Spooky Scary Skeletons" became the subject of Halloween-related Internet memes through its popularity on 4chan's video games board.[15][better source needed] Within a few years, the song turned into a viral phenomenon, with numerous highly viewed remixes and dance tutorials for it being posted on YouTube; it was described by New York magazine in 2019 as the "Internet's Halloween anthem".[16] The YouTuber Dave Wave released a very popular remix of the song that was later published on Spotify by the Craft Recordings. The song also became highly popular on the social media site TikTok, with videos including it receiving several hundred million views.[17] By 2019, the popularity of "Spooky Scary Skeletons" had inspired a deluxe digital release of Halloween Howls. This version of the album included the addition of two extended electronic dance remixes of "Spooky Scary Skeletons."

In 2020, an early version of Gold's song "Savannah" was issued as a digital single. It was followed by Something New: Unreleased Gold – a posthumous compilation album of previously unavailable tracks, including some demos – in vinyl, CD and digital formats, along with two digital singles from the album: the title song and "Come Down to Me."[18]

Personal life and death[edit]

Gold's first marriage was to Vanessa Gold, with whom he had three daughters, Emily, Victoria and Olivia.[1]

In the early 1980s, Gold was engaged to singer Nicolette Larson; this ended shortly after the completion of Larson's 1982 album All Dressed Up and No Place to Go, which Gold produced.

He later married Leslie Kogan who manages his musical legacy.[19]

Although Gold put personal references in the lyrics to "Lonely Boy" (including his year of birth), he said in an interview with author Spencer Leigh that the song was not autobiographical: "Maybe it was a mistake to do that, but I simply put in those details because it was convenient. I hadn't been a lonely boy at all -- I'd had a very happy childhood."[2]

Gold was diagnosed with kidney cancer and responded well to treatment. However, on June 3, 2011, he died in his sleep from heart failure at age 59 in Los Angeles.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[20]
UK
[21]
AUS
[22]
1975 Andrew Gold 190
1976 What's Wrong with This Picture? 95 89
1978 All This and Heaven Too 81 31 83
1980 Whirlwind
1996 Andrew Gold's Halloween Howls 192
1996 ...Since 1951
1997 Greetings from Planet Love (as The Fraternal Order of the All)
1999 Warm Breezes
2000 The Spence Manor Suite
2002 Intermission
2008 Copy Cat
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilations[edit]

  • 1978: An Interview with Andrew Gold (promo-only interview & music LP)
  • 1991: Where the Heart Is: The Commercials 1988–1991
  • 1997: Thank You for Being a Friend: The Best of Andrew Gold
  • 1998: Leftovers
  • 2011: The Essential Collection
  • 2018: An Introduction to: Andrew Gold
  • 2019: Complete Albums 1975–1980 (Digital)
  • 2019: Lonely Boy: The Greatest Hits (Digital)
  • 2019: Halloween Howls: Fun & Scary Music (Deluxe Edition Digital)
  • 2020: Something New: Unreleased Gold
  • 2021: Halloween Howls: Fun & Scary Music (Vinyl)

Live albums and EPs[edit]

  • 2005: Rhino Hi-Five: Andrew Gold
  • 2007: Andrew Gold – Live at the Ventura Theater (Digital EP)
  • 2015: The Late Show – Live 1978
  • 2019: Merry Christmas: Thank You for Being a Friend (Digital EP)
  • 2020: Something New: The Solo Demos (Digital EP)

With Wax[edit]

With Bryndle[edit]

With America and Stephen Bishop[edit]

  • 2006: America & Friends – Live at the Ventura Theater

Box sets[edit]

  • 2013: Andrew Gold + What's Wrong with This Picture + All This and Heaven Too + Whirlwind...Plus
  • 2020: Lonely Boy: The Asylum Years Anthology

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[24]
US AC
[25]
CAN
[26]
CAN AC
[27]
UK
[21]
IRE
[28]
AUS
[22]
NZ
[29]
1967 "Of All the Little Girls" (UK release – with the duo Villiers & Gold) Non-album single
1970 "Woke Up This Morning" (with the band Bryndle) Non-album single
1975 "Heartaches in Heartaches" Andrew Gold
"That's Why I Love You" 68 96
1976 "Stay" What's Wrong with This Picture?
"Do Wah Diddy"
"One of Them Is Me"
1977 "Lonely Boy" 7 38 7 25 11 32 40
"How Can This Be Love" 19 16 All This and Heaven Too
1978 "I'm on My Way"
"Thank You for Being a Friend" 25 15 7 5 42 58
"Never Let Her Slip Away" 67 16 60 17 5 2 55
1979 "Kiss This One Goodbye" Whirlwind
"Stranded on the Edge"
"Nine to Five" (UK release)
1989 "Pal O' Mine" Non-album single
"Makin' Friends" (CD single) Non-album single
1996 "Spooky Scary Skeletons" (CD single) 93 Andrew Gold's Halloween Howls
2000 "Nowhere Now" (CD single) Non-album single
"Sorry to Let You Down" (CD single) The Spence Manor Suite
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Songs[edit]

Year Artist Album or single Label Role
1971 Joni Mitchell Blue Reprise Second Engineer
1973 Brothers Rainbow Rider Columbia Guitar Percussion
1973 Maria Muldaur Maria Muldar Warner Bros Acoustic Guitar
1973 Rod Taylor Rod Taylor Asylum Guitar, accordion
1973 Wendy Waldman Love Has Got Me Warner Bros Guitar, electric piano, background vocals.
1974 Rita Coolidge Fall Into Spring A&M Guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals
1974 Michael Diner The Great Pretender Fantasy Piano
1974 Linda Ronstadt Heart Like a Wheel Capital Electric piano, guitar/electric guitar (solo), tambourine, drums, percussion, arrangements, keyboards, vocals
1975 Wendy Waldman Gypsy Symphony Warner Bros Arrangements
1975 Art Garfunkel Breakaway Columbia Electric and Acoustic guitars, ukulele, electric piano, drums
1975 Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate &Anna McGarrigle Warner Bros Guitar
1975 Danny O'Keefe So Long Harry Truman Atlantic Piano
1975 Linda Ronstadt Prisoner in Disguise Asylum Electric/acoustic guitars, musette, organ, piano, electric piano, ARP string ensemble, clavichord, tambourine, congos, drum, percussion, vocals
1975 Carly Simon The Best of Carly Simon Elektra Guitar
1975 Carly Simon Playing Possum Elektra Guitar, drums, tambourine
1975 Randy Edelman Fairwell Fairbanks Elektra Electric guitar
1976 Barbi Benton Something New Playboy Records Acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, tambourine, background vocals
1976 Stephen Bishop Careless MCA Electric guitar
1976 Tom Pacheco Swallowed Up in the Great American Heartland RCA Background vocals
1976 Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind Asylum Electric/acoustic guitars, organ, acoustic/electric piano, keyboards, ARP string ens., clavinet, clavichord, musette, finger cymbals,sleigh bells,vocals, writer
1976 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Vol 1 Asylum Electric and acoustic guitars, electric piano, string ensemble, tambourine, congas, hand claps, drums, percussion, background vocals
1976 Leo Sayer Endless Flight Warner Bros Songwriter
1976 Carly Simon Another Passenger Elektra Electric guitar
1976 JD Souther Black Rose Elektra Guitars, piano, keyboards, tambourine, vocals, background vocals
1976 James Taylor Greatest Hits Warner Bros Harmonium, background vocals
1976 Wendy Waldman The Main Refrain Warner Bros Various instruments, background vocals
1977 Karla Bonoff Karla Bonoff Columbia Electric and acoustic guitars, piano, electric piano, harmonium, clavinet, keyboards background vocals
1977 Fools Gold Mr Lucky EMI UK Percussion
1977 Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams Asylum Drums, background vocals
1977 Linda Ronstadt A Retrospective Capital Electric and acoustic guitars, ukulele, piano, electric piano, tambourine, drums, percussion, background vocals
1978 Linda Ronstadt Living in the USA Asylum Background vocals
1979 Karla Bonoff Restless Nights Columbia Guitar, keyboards
1979 David James Holster Chinese Hollymoon Columbia Piano
1979 Leah Kunkel Leah Kunkel Columbia Acoustic Guitar
1979 Jennifer Warnes Shot Through the Heart Arista Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums
1980 Jackson Browne Hold Out Asylum Arrangements
1980 Andy Gross & The Natio Longshoremen's Song Hose Electric and acoustic guitars
1980 Kate & Anna McGarrigle French Record Kebec-Disc Electric and acoustic guitars
1980 Linda Ronstadt Mad Love Asylum Background vocals
1980 Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Vol 2 Elektra Piano, clavinet
1981 Rita Coolidge Heartbreak Radio A&M Produced By Andrew GoldAndrew Gold: Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, shaker, field drum, rolling snare drum, percussion, background vocals
1981 Bob Dylan Shot of Love Columbia Every Grain of Sand Guitar
1981 Art Garfunkel Scissors Cut Columbia Guitar
1981 Juice Newton Juice Capital Background vocals
1981 Bernadette Peters Now Playing MCA Guitar
1981 Burt Bacharach Arthur: The Album Warner Bros Some tracks produced by Andrew Gold. Guitar, percussion, background vocals, electric piano, guitar solo
1982 10cc Ten Out of Ten Warner Bros Some tracks produced, co-written and mixed by Andrew Gold, background vocal, piano, vocoder, percussion, bass, guitar, electric piano, synthesizer
1982 Karla Bonoff Wild Heart of the Young Columbia Guitars, electric piano, organ, percussion, background vocals
1982 Don Henley I Can't Stand Still Asylum Keyboards
1982 Nicolette Larson All Dressed Up & No Place to Go Warner Bros Produced By Andrew Gold Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, synthesizer, keyboards, slide, percussion, harmony vocals, background vocals and songwriter
1982 Moon Martin Mystery Ticket Capital Some tracks produced by Andrew Gold, Guitar
1982 Juice Newton Quiet Lies Capital Guitar, background vocals
1982 Linda Ronstadt Get Closer Asylum Electric guitar, piano, acoustic guitar,
1982 Glen Shorrock Villian of the Piece Capitol/EMI Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums
1982 Jennifer Warnes Best of Arista Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums
1983 Brock Walsh Dateline Tokyo Cool Sound Co-Produced by Andrew Gold, Guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, vocals
1983 Eikichi Yazawa I Am a Model Toshiba Guitar, background vocals
1983 Rosemary Butler Rose Capital Guitar
1984 Juice Newton Can't Wait All Night RCA Vocals, guitar, background vocals
1984 Soundtrack Starman Varese Saraban All I Have to Do is Dream - arrangements
1984 Eikichi Yazawa E Warner/Pioneer Guitars, keyboards, drum machine programming, snare, hi-hat, cymbals, horn arrangements, background vocals
1986 Karen Blake Just One Heart Café Records Background vocals
1986 Frances Ruffelle He's My Hero/Love's Not For Me RCA UK Co-produced and co-written
1986 Eikichi Yazawa Tokyo Nights Toshiba Produced by Andrew Gold
1987 Rita Coolidge Classics - Vol 5 A&M The Closer You Get produced by Andrew Gold
1987 Vince Gill The Way Back Home RCA Background vocals
1987 Eikichi Yazawa Flash in Japan Warner Bros Co-produced by Andrew Gold, Keyboards, synthesizers, synthesizer programming, drum machine programming, snare, hi-hat, cymbals, horn arrangements background
1989 Peter Blakeley Harry's Café de Wheels Capital Co-produced by Andrew Gold, instrumentation
1989 Cher Heart of Stone Geffen Heart of Stone Andrew Gold: Acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals "Love on a Rooftop" Andrew Gold: Acoustic guitar
1989 Linda Ronstadt Cry Like a Rainstorm/Howl Like the Wind Elektra Co-produced by Andrew Gold, electric and 12-string guitars
1990 Sarah Brightman As I Came of Age Decca Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar
1990 Bette Midler Some People's Lives Atlantic Guitar
1990 The Simpsons The Simpsons Sing the Blues Geffen Vocals, guitar
1990 Soundtrack Cry-Baby MCA Vocals, various instruments
1990 John Warren I Get This Feeling Pony Canyon Produced by Andrew Gold
1990 James Taylor Classic Songs WEA Harmonium, background vocals
1990 Eikichi Yazawa Eikichi Toshiba Produced by Andrew Gold
1991 Stephen Bishop Jingle Bell Rock Steve Vaus Prod Produced by Andrew Gold
1991 Peter Blakeley Be Thankful for What You've Got (Soundtrack) Nelson Ent. Produced by Andrew Gold
1991 Neil Diamond Lovescape Columbia Guitar
1991 Nicolette Larson This Christmas Day (Stars Come Out for Christmas) Steve Vaus Prod Produced by Andrew Gold
1991 John Andrew Parks John Andrew Parks Capital Guitar
1991 Diana Ross The Force Behind the Power Motown Acoustic guitar, organ
1991 Eikichi Yazawa I Don't Wanna Stop Toshiba Produced by Andrew Gold
1992 10cc …Meanwhile Polydor 12-string guitar
1992 Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipmunks in Low Places Epic/Chipmunk Songwriter, guitars, keyboards
1992 Stephen Bishop Let It Snow (The Stars Come Out to Christmas 93) Steve Vaus Prod Produced by Andrew Gold
1992 Neil Diamond The Christmas Album Columbia Acoustic Guitar
1992 Celine Dion Celion Dion Epic Show Some Emotion co-written by Andrew Gold
1992 Wynonna Judd Wyonna Curb/MCA I Saw the Light co-written by Andrew Gold, background vocals
1992 Mitsou Heading West Isba/Unidisc Electric and acoustic guitars
1992 Roy Orbison King of Hearts Virgin Background vocals
1992 Ringo Starr Time Takes Time Private Music Electric and acoustic guitar, background vocals
1993 Peter Blakeley God's Little Elvis/Through the Looking Glass Giant Produced by Andrew Gold
1993 Beth Nielson Chapman You Hold the Key Reprise Guitar
1993 Vince Gill When Will I Be Loved (Soundtrack 8 Seconds) MCA Co-produced by Andrew Gold
1993 Kathy Mattea Walking Away a Winner Mercuy Background vocals and "Streets of Your Town" and "Who Turned Out the Light" co-written by Andrew Gold
1993 Stephen Bishop Heart and Souls (Soundtrack) MCA Various instruments
1993 Rick Vincent A Wanted Man Curb Background vocals
1993 Kelly Willis Kelly Willis MCA Background vocals
1993 Eikichi Yazawa Heart Toshiba Co-produced by Andrew Gold, Guitars, keyboards, programming, percussion, background vocals
1993 Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When MCA Nashville Better Your Heart Than Mine co-written by Andrew Gold, harmonies
1994 Michael Ball One Careful Owner Columbia UK Wherever You Are, Leave a Light On produced by Andrew Gold and co-written by Andrew Gold
1994 Stephen Bishop Blue Guitars Pony Canyon Produced, Engineered, Mixed, Electric/acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, synthesizers, drums, percussion, harmony vocals, bkrd vocals
1994 Peter Blakeley The Pale Horse Giant Co-produced by Andrew Gold, instrumentation
1994 Jaki Graham Real Life Critique/Avex Facts of Love co-written by Andrew Gold
1994 Nicolette Larson Sleep, Baby Sleep Sony Wonder Co-produced and arranged by Andrew Gold, harmonies, background vocals, all instruments
1994 Mac Mcanally Knots MCA Background vocals
1994 Eikichi Yazawa The Name is Yazawa Toshiba Produced by Andrew Gold
1995 10cc Mirror Mirror ZYX/Critique/Av Vocals, background vocals, "Ready to Go Home" co-written by Andrew Gold
1995 Alvin and the Chipmunks A Very Merry Chipmunk Sony Wonder Vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming, keyboard programming; Track:"Petit Papa Noel" Co-produced/co-engineered by Andrew Gold
1995 Karla Bonoff New World Music Masters Nothing Love Can't Do co-produced by Andrew Gold, vocals, keyboards, guitars, programming
1995 Lisa Brokop Lisa Brokop Capitol Nashvill Background vocals
1995 Jennifer Love Hewitt Let's Go Bang Atlantic In Another Life co-written by Andrew Gold
1995 Moon Martin Street Fever, Mystery Ticket Edsel UK Produced by Andrew Gold, guitars
1995 Wendy Waldman Love is the Only Goal: The Best of Wendy Waldm Warner Bros Vocals, electric guitar, piano, electric piano, background vocals
1995 Brian Wilson I Just Wasn't Made for These Times MCA Background vocals
1996 Neil Diamond In My Lifetime Columbia Guitar
1996 Annie Haslam Blessing in Disguise One Way Recor In Another Life co-written by Andrew Gold
1996 Wynonna Judd Revelations Curb/MCA Background vocals
1996 Glenn Shorrock The First 20 Years EMI Australia Guitar
1997 Eric Carmen Definitive Collection BMG Guitar
1997 Wynonna Judd Collection Curb/MCA I Saw the Light co-written by Andrew Gold, background vocals
1997 Lila Mccann Lila Asylum Yippy Ky Yay co-written by Andrew Gold
1997 Greg Prestopino Big Red Nude Ufemizm Produced by Andrew Gold, Various instruments, background vocals, most tracks co-written by Gold
1997 Sugar Beats Back to the Beat Sugar Beats Co-produced and co-engineered by Andrew Gold, Vocals, various instruments
1998 America Human Nature Oxygen Vocals, various instruments
1998 The Simpsons The Yellow Album Geffen Guitar
1998 Sugar Beats How Sweet It Is Sugar Beats Co-produced and Co-engineered by Andrew Gold, Vocals, various instruments, arrangements
1999 Lisa Angelle Kiss This, I Wear Your Love Dreamworks Co-produced, co-written by Andrew Gold, background vocals, various instruments
1999 Stephen Bishop K-Tels Back to Back K-Tel Produced by Andrew Gold, various instruments
1999 Karla Bonoff All My Life: The Best of Karla Bonoff Sony Background vocals, various instruments
1999 Beth Nielson Chapman Greatest Hits Reprise Electric guitar
1999 Nicolette Larson The Very Best of Nicolette Larson Warner Bros Produced by Andrew Gold, Guitar, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals
1999 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt aka Box Set Elektra Acoustic/electric guitars, drums, piano, ARP string ens., congas, vocals, ukulele, tambourine, co-wrote "Try Me Again", arrangement
1999 Sugar Beats Wild Thing Sugar Beats Co-produced and co-engineered by Andrew Gold, Vocals, various instruments
2000 Lisa Angelle Lisa Angelle Dreamworks Co-produced by Andrew Gold, Electric/acoustic guitar, keyboards, bkrd vocals, most tracks co-written by Gold
2000 Serena Flagg Come Hell or High Water Infinite Musica Produced by Andrew Gold, All instruments and background vocals
2000 Graham Gouldman And Another Thing For Your Love/D Guitar/slide guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, harmonica, drum program, drums, vocals, "Sometimes", "Ready to Go Home" co-written
2000 Sugar Beats Car Tunes Sugar Beats Co-produced and Co-engineered by Andrew Gold, Vocals, various instruments
2001 Trisha Yearwood Inside Out MCA Nashville Background vocals
2001 Lisa Carrie In Another Life Self released Produced by Andrew Gold, all instruments, 2 tracks co-written by Andrew Gold
2001 Hal Ketchum Lucky Man Curb/MCA Vocals
2001 Aaron Neville Ultimate Collection Hip-o Guitar
2001 Sugar Beats A Sugarbeats Christmas Sugar Beats Co-produced and co-engineered by Andrew Gold, Vocals, various instruments
2001 The Wilkinsons Shine Giant Background vocals, Hypothetically co-written by Andrew Gold
2002 America Holiday Harmony Rhino Produced, Engineered and Arranged by Gold, Various instruments, background vocals, Christmas in California" co-written by Gold
2002 Shannon Lawson Chase the Sun MCA Nashville Electric guitar, background vocals
2002 Linda Ronstadt The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Rhino Various instruments and vocals
2002 Carly Simon Anthology Rhino Guitar
2003 Cher The Very Best of Cher Warner Bros Heart of StoneAndrew Gold: Acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals
2003 Deana Carter I'm Just a Girl Arista Background vocals
2004 Stephen Bishop A Dance of the Heart, His Best & More Poly East Co-produced, co-engineered, electric guitar
2004 Rita Coolidge Delta Lady: The Rita Coolidge Anthology Hip-o Co-produced by Andrew Gold, various instruments, vocals
2004 Jesse McCartney Beautiful Soul Hollywood Tracks: Co-produced by Andrew Gold "Why Don't You Kiss Her?" "Ready for You"; Composed by Andrew Gold and Greg Prestopino
2004 Danny O'Keefe Classics - Vol 5 Rhino Piano
2004 Sugar Beats Greatest Dance Hits Sugar Beats Co-produced and Co-engineered by Andrew Gold: Vocals, various instruments
2004 Jennifer Warnes Love Lifts Us Up: A Collection 1969-1983 Raven Records Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums
2005 Various Greatest Dance Hits: Take 2 Walt Disney Rec Tracks: JESSE MCCARTNEY - "Good Life" Co-produced by Andrew Gold
2006 America & Friends Live at the Ventura Theater Brilliant Vocals, guitar, keyboards
2006 Leah Kunkel Leah Kunkel/I Run With Trouble Rev-Ola Acoustic Guitar
2006 Lauren Wood Love, Death & Customer Service Bad Art Electric Guitar
2006 Neil Young Living with War Reprise Choir vocals
2007 Ana Guigui Love is on The Line QBrain Produced by Andrew Gold, songs co-written, Guitars, piano, organ, synthesizer programming, percussion, background vocals
2007 Juice Newton Old Flame/Dirty Looks Raven Records Acoustic guitar, background vocals
2007 JD Souther Border Town: The Best of JD Souther Salvo UK Electric guitar, piano, electric piano, background vocals
2008 Karla Bonoff The Columbia Connection Arcadia Electric and acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, background vocals
2008 Trini Lopez Ramblin' Man Fuel Guitar, programming, background vocals
2008 Leo Sayer Another Year, Endless Flight Edsel Guitar, Endless Flight track written by Andrew Gold
2009 Trini Lopez El Immortal Fuel Tracks: "Let Your Love Flow" "Wonderful World" Arranged and Engineered, Various instruments, background vocals
2009 Sally Kellerman Sally Music Force Me Guitar, percussion, background vocals
2007 America Ventura Highway The Store for M Vocals, guitars, keyboards; Cuts and Covers

Cuts and covers[edit]

Year Artist Album or single Notes
1976 James Gang Jesse Come Home I Can't Wait - Composed by Andrew Gold and Mark Goldenberg "That's Why I Love You" - Composed by Andrew Gold and Gene Garfin
1976 Judy Collins Bread & Roses Love Hurts composed by Andrew Gold
1976 Barbi Benton Something New Something New composed by Andrew Gold
1976 Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind Try Me Again - Composed by Andrew Gold and Linda Ronstadt Reached #3 on Billboard's Pop Album chart
1976 Leo Sayer Endless Flight Endless Flight - Composed by Andrew Gold Reached #10 on Billboard's Pop Album Chart
1977 Seppo Narhi Enkelit on Havinaista Rilstaa Heartaches in Heartaches [Ammuit Mua Siipeen] - Composed by Andrew Gold (Finnish Lyrics by Hector)
1977 Cliff Richard That's Why I Love You (single) That's Why I Love You - Composed by Andrew Gold and Gene Garfin
1979 Anne Murray New Kind of Feeling That's Why I Love You - Composed by Andrew Gold and Gene Garfin Reached #2 on Billboard Country
1979 Nighttrain Heartaches in Heartaches (single) Heartaches in Heartaches - Composed by Andrew Gold
1980 Cretones Thin Red Line I Can't Wait - Composed by Andrew Gold and Mark Goldenberg
1981 Yumi Hirasawa Love Affairs I Can't Wait - Composed by Andrew Gold and Mark Goldenberg "That's Why I Love You" - Composed by Andrew Gold and Gene Garfin
1982 10cc Ten Out of Ten The Power of Love "We've Heard It All Before" and "Run Away" - Composed by Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman and Andrew Gold
1982 Nicolette Larson All Dressed Up & No Place to Go The Power of Love - Composed by Stewart/Gouldman/Gold"I Want You So Bad" - Composed by Larson/Gold "Still You Linger On" - Composed by Andrew Gold
1983 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Let's Go Heartaches in Heartaches - Composed by Andrew Gold
1984 Trevor Walters Never Let Her Slip Away (single) Never Let Her Slip Away - Composed by Andrew Gold
1991 Rudolph Rock & Die Sch Herzlichst Lonely Boy [Ich Bin Ja So Allein] - Composed by Andrew Gold (German Lyrics by Okko Bekker)
1992 Celine Dion Celine Dion Show Some Emotion - Composed by Andrew Gold, Gregory Prestopino and Brock Walsh
1992 The Golden Girls Best of Loading Bay Vol 1 Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
1992 Alvin & the Chipmunks Chipmunks in Low Places The Power of Love - by Stewart/Gouldman/Gold, "Gotta Believe in Pumpkins" - by Gold/Bagdasarian, "I Ain't No Dang Cartoon" - by Gold/Bagdasarian/Karman
1992 Undercover Never Let Her Slip Away (single) Never Let Her Slip Away - Composed by Andrew Gold Reached #5 on Billboard UK
1992 Wynonna 1992 Never Let Her Slip Away - Composed by Andrew Gold Reached #1 on Billboard Country
1993 Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When Better Your Heart Than Mine - Composed by Andrew Gold and Lisa Angelle Reached #6 on Billboard's country albums.
1993 Kathy Mattea Walking Away a Winner The Streets of Your Town - Composed by Andrew Gold and Jenny L. Yates"Who Turned Out the Light" - Composed by Andrew Gold and Lisa Angelle
1994 Stephen Bishop Blue Guitars I Go Numb - Composed by Stephen Bishop, Tom Snow, and Andrew Gold
1994 Michael Ball One Careful Owner Wherever You Are - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
1995 Hana Hana Lonely Girl Lonely Girl [Lonely Boy] - Composed by Andrew Gold
1995 Aaron Neville The Tattooed Heart Heartaches in Heartaches [Ammuit Mua Siipeen] - Composed by Andrew Gold (Finnish Lyrics by Hector)
1995 Jennifer Love Hewitt Let's Go Bang In Another Life - Composed by Andrew Gold, Sam Lorber and Greg Prestopino
1995 Jaki Graham Real Life Facts of Love - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
1995 Morten Harket Wild Seed Ready to Go Home - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
1995 10cc Mirror Mirror Run Away - Composed by Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman and Andrew Gold
1995 Dave Cote Coeur Never Let Her Slip Away "Oh Urania (Take Me Away) - Composed by Andrew Gold (French lyrics by E. Palatovski)
1995 Mitch Malloy & Paul Car Ceilings & Walls Ready to Go Home - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
1996 Annie Haslam Blessing in Disguise In Another Life - Composed by Andrew Gold, Sam Lorber and Greg Prestopino
1996 Cynthia Fee Television's Greatest Hits Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
1997 Greg Prestopino Big Red Nude Several tracks co-written by Andrew Gold
1997 Farrah Cut Out and Keep Lonely Boy - Composed by Andrew Gold
1997 Lila McCann Lila Yippy Ky Yay - Composed by Andrew Gold and Mark Spiro Reached #8 on Billboard
1998 Valerie DeLaCruz My Girlfriend's Quilt Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
1998 Nicolette Larson Women of Christmas in the Garden of Lilith This Christmas Day - Composed by Andrew Gold and James Caprio
1999 Rocko Schamoni Showtime Bridge to Your Heart [Gegen den Staat] - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman (German Lyrics by Rocko Schamoni)
1999 Smooch Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2000 Trisha Yearwood Real Live Woman Try Me Again - Composed by Andrew Gold and Linda Ronstadt Reached #4 on Billboard's Country Album charts
2000 Graham Gouldman And Another Thing Sometimes "Ready to Go Home" - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
2000 The Wilkinsons Here and Now Hypothetically - Composed by Andrew Gold and Gary Burr
2000 Lisa Angelle Twisted 4321 "Twisted" " I Wear Your Love" "Kiss This" "Midnight Rodeo" "I Didn't Want to Know" Composed by Andrew Gold and Lisa Angelle
2001 Lisa Carrie In Another Life I Go Numb - Composed by Stephen Bishop, Tom Snow, and Andrew Gold, "In Another Life composed by Andrew Gold, Greg Prestopino and Tom Snow
2001 Asia Aura Wherever You Are "Ready to Go Home" composed by Graham Gouldman and Andrew Gold
2002 America Holiday Harmony Christmas in California - Composed by Andrew Gold and Dewey Bunnell
2004 Jesse McCartney Beautiful Soul Ready for You - Composed by Andrew Gold and Greg Prestopino
2006 Petula Clark Paris/Orleans/Paris The CBS Years Vol 1 Lonely Boy - Composed by Andrew Gold
2006 Animatd Coochie Wonde Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2007 The Countdown TV Greatest Hits Vol 4 Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2007 John Payne Different Worlds Ready to Go Home - Composed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman
2007 Lazlo Bane Guilty Pleasures Lonely Boy - Composed by Andrew Gold
2007 Ana Guigui Love is On the Line Multiple tracks co-written by Andrew Gold
2008 Graham Blvd Hit Parade 1978 Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2008 Bobby Morganstein The Complete Grand Entrance Party Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2008 Brynn Marie Start Now Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2009 KnightsBridge TV Themes of the 80s Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2009 The Starlite Singers Three Little Birds Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2009 Billy Crawford Groove Never Let Her Slip Away - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 Elaine Page & Dionne W Elaine Page & Friends Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 The Royal Instrumental TV Hits Vol 6 Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 The Blue Rubatos Songs for Mother's Day Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 Golden Girl POPular Vol 1 (remix) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 Tight Fit Never Let Her Slip Away (single) Never Let Her Slip Away - Composed by Andrew Gold
2010 Starlite Orchestra Hits TV Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2011 Graham Blvd Rock on 1978 Vol 2 Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2011 Father's Day Group Ti voglio bene Mamma Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2011 Twilight Trio Pure Instrumental: Timeless Classics Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2011 Hit Collective Classic TV Themes Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2012 Voice of McDonald's Europe Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2012 Alyssa Bonagura Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2012 Instrumental All Stars Instrumental Gold: Timeless Legends Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2012 Mike Viola Super Hits of the Seventies (WFMU) Lonely Boy - Composed by Andrew Gold
2012 The T.V. Band T.V. Music Series Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2013 Cool & Classy Take on Crooners Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2013 Micah's Rule Walk This Road Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2013 Angela Galuppo Angelo Galuppo Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2013 The London Studio Orch Terrific TV Themes Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2013 Brandon Schott Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2014 Power Music Workout 35 Feel Good Workout Mixes Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2014 Wild Stylerz Thanksgiving Music Mix - Pop Songs with Gratitude Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2014 Cottage Sounds Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2014 Left Boy Permanent Midnight Lonely Boy - Composed by Andrew Gold sampled in "10am"
2014 Bliss Superstern Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2014 Stephen Bishop Thank You for Being a Friend (single) Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2015 Orlando Pops Orchesta The 70s Great T.V. Theme Songs Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2016 The Starlite Singers The Essential Television Soundtrack Library Thank You for Being a Friend - Composed by Andrew Gold
2020 DMA ILLAN Single Spooky, Scary Skeletons - Composed by Andrew Gold
2020 LvCrft Single Spooky, Scary Skeletons - Composed by Andrew Gold
2021 Tardigrade Inferno Single Spooky, Scary Skeletons - Composed by Andrew Gold

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