Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#25); 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The musician credits for Andrew Gold’s third album read like a who’s who of 1970’s California rock: drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and bassist Leland Sklar among them. The backing vocalists were equally impressive: J.D. Souther and Jennifer Warnes. The lead-off single from All This And Heaven Too – Thank You For Being A Friend – landed in the Top 30 while the second – Never Let Her Slip Away – stopped at #67. As Thank You worked its way up the U.S. pop chart, Never Let Her Slip Away was making noise in the British Top 5. How Can This Be Love succeeded Slip Away in the UK; peaking at #19. After all that action, Andrew’s hot streak ran cold Stateside until 1986 when Right Between The Eyes (recorded with 10cc’s Graham Gouldman as Wax) reached #43. The next year their Straight To Your Heart became a Brit hit. Gold’s Thanks You For Being A Friend was also heard weekly between 1985 and 1992 as the theme song for the NBC-TV series The Golden Girls.

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Produced by:

  • Andrew Gold
  • Brock Walsh

Lyrics Written by:

  • Andrew Gold