Andrew Gold was born on this day in 1951 and is best remembered for his mid-'70s smashes "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend." Pop singer/songwriter he first attracted attention as a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle in 1973, and  later joined Linda Ronstadt appearing on several of her albums. '. A noted arranger as well as a skilled multi-instrumentalist, Andrew swiftly emerged as one of the most sought-after session musicians on the West Coast scene, and his resume reads like a who's-who of the singer/songwriter movement.