Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7); 1977

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Andrew Gold was born with a musical spoon in his mouth. His father, Ernest, composed the Academy Award-winning music for Exodus. His mother, Marni, dubbed Natalie Wood’s and Audrey Hepburn’s singing vocals in the films West Side Story and My Fair Lady respectively. As for Andrew, his first attempt to follow in his parents’ footsteps – a 1967 British single called Of All The Little Girls In The World billed to Villiers and Gold – failed. Four years later he reappeared on vinyl as one-fourth of Bryndle; a group that also included Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards, and Wendy Waldman. In 1974, multi instrumentalist Gold was on board for Linda Ronstadt’s #1 pop and country chart-topper, Heart Like A Wheel and its follow-up, Prisoner In Disguise. In turn, Linda sang backup on Gold’s debut, and she and her band chipped in for his second, What’s Wrong With This Picture? All that talent brought Gold’s original songs to life; including his first Top 10, Lonely Boy, with Linda’s singing supporting Andrew’s.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Peter Asher

Lyrics Written by:

  • Andrew Gold