Happy Birthday: Andrew Gold

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Happy Birthday: Andrew Gold

65 years ago today, Andrew Gold entered the world, and it was just a little over five years ago that he departed, leaving a whole lot of lonely boys and girls.

Yeah, that’s right: we worked the title of his biggest hit into the opening line. We also created a playlist consisting of his songs as well as other people’s songs on which he can be heard either singing or playing. There’s something to be said for playing to the mainstream.

Andrew Maurice Gold was probably always destined to find himself pursuing a career in music, given that his mother, Marni Nixon, provided the singing voices for the lead actresses in West Side Story, The King and I, and My Fair Lady, and his father, Ernest Gold, won an Academy Award for composing the score to Exodus. In fact, Andrew proved his musical abilities very quickly, earning his first recording contract when he was all of 16 years old, and by the time he entered the ‘70s, he was making a living in the music industry, playing a major role in the success of Linda Ronstadt.

Gold’s own career, however, took slightly longer, but his 1976 album What’s Wrong With This Picture? proved to be his breakthrough, providing him with the biggest hit of his career: the aforementioned “Lonely Boy.”

To celebrate Gold’s birthday, we’ve compiled a playlist which highlights his work with artists like Maria Muldaur, Carly Simon, Danny O’Keefe, the aforementioned Ms. Ronstadt, Bette Midler, J.D. Souther, James Taylor, and many others, plus the whole of Gold’s best-of collection. The whole lot should be plenty to make you a Gold aficionado, provided you aren’t already one to begin with.