Andrew Gold may not have been a household name, but you probably know all the words to at least one of his songs.
The musician and songwriter, who had a top-10 hit with "Lonely Boy" but whose "Thank You for Being a Friend" is forever immortalized as The Golden Girls theme song, died Friday in his sleep. He was 59 and had suffered from renal cancer, but he seemed to be responding well to treatment and may have had a heart attack, according to his family.
Born to a singer mom and composer dad in Burbank, Calif., Gold—already an accomplished musician—approached Linda Ronstadt when she and the Stone Poneys performed at his North Hollywood high school in the 1960s. He went on to become a permanent member of her band and was responsible for the arrangements on the albums Heart Like a Wheel, Prisoner in Disguise and Hasten Down the Wind.