Andrew Gold’s time in the spotlight was relatively brief, but he managed to make a lasting impression on the pop/rock scene of the mid-1970s. Best known for his legitimately awesome hit single “Lonely Boy” and “Thank You for Being a Friend,” which later was remade into the theme song for beloved 1980s sitcom “The Golden Girls,” Gold’s solo career fizzled out after 1978’s third full-length “All This & Heaven Too.”
Gold passed away in 2011 at age 59, but his music lives on thanks to the folks at Omnivore. “The Late Show – Live 1978” is a never-before-released live recording made at the fame Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on April 22, 1978. Gold was at the peak of his career and he mesmerizes throughout the 65-minute set.
His signature tunes draw the biggest responses from the Roxy crowd, as expected, but Gold also shines on “I’m a Gambler,” “How Can This Be Love” and “Oh Urania (Take Me Away).” In addition to his own tunes, Gold delivers rock-solid covers of The Beatles (“Doctor Robert”) and Chuck Berry (“Roll Over Beethoven”). (Jeffrey Sisk)