LOS ANGELES — Andrew Gold, a singer, musician, and composer whose songs included the 1977 hit “Lonely Boy,’’ has died. He was 59.
His sister, Melani Gold Friedman, told the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Gold died in his sleep June 3 at his home in Encino.
She said he had cancer but had been responding to treatment.
Mr. Gold was a multi-instrumentalist whose popular singles included “Thank You for Being a Friend’’ and the British hit “Never Let Her Slip Away.’’
He was in Linda Ronstadt’s band, arranged songs for and performed on several Ronstadt albums, including “Heart Like a Wheel,’’ and did session work for artists such as James Taylor and Carly Simon.
Mr. Gold’s mother was movie singer Marni Nixon, and his father was Ernest Gold, who composed the Oscar-winning score for “Exodus.’’