Andrew Gold, a singer, musician and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit "Lonely Boy," has died. He was 59. His sister, Melani Gold Friedman, tells the Los Angeles Times that Gold died in his sleep Friday at his home in Encino, Calif. She says he had cancer but had been responding to treatment. Gold was a multi-instrumental player whose popular singles included "Thank You for Being a Friend" and the British hit "Never Let Her Slip Away."
"Lonely Boy" was the most successful solo song, IIRC - a tune about a pampered kid who ran away from home because his parents had another kid, it seems. The airwaves were full of that stuff back then - piano-driven sensitive-troubadour rock. In this case, the guitar solo came from Waddy Wachtel, one of the best studio musicians of the era.