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Human League Producer, 'Golden Girls' Theme Songwriter Die

Two noted deaths in the music/80's pop culture world this week.

Rushent Andrew Gold, the singer-songwriter behind the Golden Girls theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend":

He was 59. Gold died in his sleep Friday from an heart attack, his sister, Melani Gold Friedman, told the Los Angeles Times. She said he had been responding well to cancer treatment.

And the producer of the Human League classic "Don't You Want Me", Martin Rushent (pictured) has died at 63:

Rushent's musical legacy went beyond [the Human League's] 'Dare.' The engineer who started work in the early 70s -- engineering albums by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Shirley Bassey and T.Rex -- is also credited with producing the early punk sound.

He produced the first records by Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, XTC and Generation X -- even Altered Images' 'Happy Birthday' -- to name a few, perfecting what became an almost trademark style for simplified keyboards and other instruments.

In tribute to the enjoyment I've received from the work of both these men, the music video for "Don't You Want Me" and the GG theme song, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I worked with Martin Rushent back in the day. Although he's best known for producing Human League's DARE it was Pete Shelley's HOMOSAPIEN that I think Towleroad readers will enjoy the most. Banned by the BBC for "explicit reference to gay sex"


    Posted by: JOHNINMANHATTAN | Jun 7, 2011 11:16:54 AM

  2. TYFBAF is one of the best theme songs ever written to a tv series. I admit, I still watch GG on Youtube. I love that show!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 7, 2011 11:18:25 AM

  3. It certainly seems like a lot of good people have been dying young lately.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 7, 2011 11:29:14 AM

  4. Old timers like me might associate Andrew Gold less with Golden Girls and more with the work he did with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and others in the 1970s.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jun 7, 2011 11:48:14 AM

  5. TYFBAF was NOT written as a TV theme show ! Jesus, people - get with it !

    Posted by: CrazyCarl | Jun 7, 2011 1:27:27 PM

  6. Thank you Carl!

    Posted by: Manhattanvince | Jun 7, 2011 2:21:28 PM

  7. "Thank You For Being a Friend" was a huge hit in its day and is a full length great song which was hacked down to serve as theme music for the Golden Girls years later. I actually find it pretty insulting to refer to Andrew Gold as the "Golden Girls Theme Songwriter."

    So when The Who are ever in the news again you'll refer to them as the "CSI Theme Songwriters"?

    Posted by: Wilson | Jun 7, 2011 2:59:41 PM

  8. It's never a bad time to play "Thank You for Being a Friend".

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 7, 2011 3:10:16 PM

  9. if you wiki Andrew Gold, you will read what an amazing musician he was. some of his guitar work is seared into my brain, seriously.

    Posted by: MARKD | Jun 7, 2011 4:25:11 PM

  10. Martin Rushent was a great producer -- and his work was particularly varied depending on with whom he worked. Listening to the albums, you'd never expect the same guy produced the Human League's "Dare" and the Go-Go's "Talk Show."

    Posted by: RJ | Jun 7, 2011 6:04:11 PM

  11. Rushent was great.

    Posted by: John Ozed | Jun 7, 2011 11:53:48 PM

  12. Gold was also the son of the legendary singer Marni Nixon, who probably dubbed the singing voices of half the stars in Hollywood back in the day. Nixon is still with us and still singing and appearing in theatre. Her autobio is a great read. Condolences to her and her family at this difficult time.

    Posted by: JereNYC | Jun 8, 2011 8:47:31 AM

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