Never Let Her Slip Away – Andrew Gold – A Song For Stephanie
Andrew Gold obituary
Singer-songwriter famed for the 1970s chart hit Lonely Boy
Best known for his 1970s solo hits Never Let Her Slip Away and Lonely Boy, Andrew Gold, who has died of a heart attack aged 59, was an accomplished all-round musician, composer and arranger. His skills in the recording studio helped to propel Linda Ronstadt to stardom, and he worked with a long list of top-flight artists from the Eagles and Jackson Browne to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cher and Celine Dion.
A musical career seemed almost inevitable from the moment he was born, in Burbank, California. His parents were Marni Nixon, the singer who dubbed the musical performances of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Deborah Kerr in The King And I and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and the composer Ernest Gold, who scored the movie Exodus. Andrew recalled living in Laurel Canyon as a teenager: “My father had this little studio with a piano and all his awards. When he was working on a movie he’d go up there and compose. I’d wake up to this piano music over and over. I was always going to be a musician, and my parents encouraged me.”
He first met Ronstadt as a high school student in the 1960s, when he saw her perform with her band the Stone Poneys (“My girlfriend was pissed off at me cos I kept checking out Linda’s legs,” he confessed.) When the group split up in 1967, Gold teamed up with their guitarist Kenny Edwards and singer-songwriters Wendy Waldman and Karla Bonoff to form Bryndle (the “y” in the name was in homage to The Byrds). The group secured a recording deal and made an album, though it was not released.
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