It is being reported that musician Andrew Gold has died. From People:

Andrew Gold, the singer-songwriter best known for 1977′s “Lonely Boy” single, died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 59.

That song was heard in films such as Boogie Nights and Water Boy. Another song, “Thank You for Being a Friend,” was heard on TV each week for almost a decade as the theme song for The Golden Girls.

Just to clarify, and I’m not trying to muddy the waters on a sad occasion, but can we agree that Andrew Gold was best known for the theme song for The Golden Girls? If there is “another song” that deserves mention here, it is “Lonely Boy,” not vice versa. A small point, I’m sure, but a man is dead, the least we can do is preserve his memory correctly.

R.I.P. Andrew Gold. You are in heaven now, writing heartfelt and impossibly catchy theme songs with the angels.

Comments (10)
  1. He’s in that Golden Palace in the sky.

  2. On the other hand, none of those Golden Girls fans on Facebook are gonna thank THIS poor guy for being a friend. They gotta save it for Betty White.

  3. He also sang “Final Frontier” from Mad About You, although given the quality of that show I can see why they left it out of the blurb.

  4. RIP Andrew Gold. Thank you for writing the song I always sing-shout when drunk.

  5. Easily one of the best sitcom themes in the history of the form. Hopefully the biggest gift at Gold’s heaven party is from God and the card attached will say ‘Thank you for being a songwriter.’ And then Coco the gay servant will serve everyone mimosas.

  6. Thank You For Being My Friend is my karaoke jam.

  7. I once did a bootleg house remix of Thank You For Being A Friend. It has always been a crowd pleaser.

    http://soundcloud.com/danideluna/golden-girls-nastique-bootleg

    We’ll enjoy this song for a long time Andrew Gold!

  8. Betty White is now en route to Aruba in order to reap the rewards of the Golden Girls tontine.

  9. Now I feel guilty for masturbating to the opening credits of Golden Girls.

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