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LIFE: AUGUST 2, 1951- JUNE 3, 2011
INFLUENCES: THE BEATLES, BRIAN WILSON, ERNEST GOLD, THE BYRDS
LABEL: WARNER BROS- SOLO CAREER, SONY UK- WAX YEARS
Every day, somewhere across the globe, someone is enjoying the music of Andrew Gold. Whether it's his joyous ode "Thank You for Being a Friend," his plaintive hit "Lonely Boy," his chiming guitar work and supple arrangements on various classic tracks such as Linda Ronstadt's smash "You're No Good," his crafty, ear-friendly art- pop as one half of the duo Wax UK, or one of his engaging children's albums, Andrew produced some of the most beloved sounds of the past 50 years.
As longtime friend and Grammy-winning producer Peter Asher put it, "Andrew's talent was almost eerie. He was a self-taught instinctive musician who seemed to be able to play any instrument he had a mind to. He was a brilliant writer, a great singer, and a highly imaginative producer and arranger -- on top of being a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order. And he never failed to come up with something extraordinary every time he played."