In-demand guitarists...

In-demand guitarists...
Authored By John Nicholson
Rock music is full of great musicians who work behind the scenes, producing, writing and of course playing. Steve Lukather, later to be an important element of Toto, was the best paid, most in-demand guitarist in LA in the late 70s/early 80s. His solos are on so many records. If it's melodic and burns up the fretboard, it’s Luke. He’s very recognizable. Similarly a man you may not have realised is on a lot of your records is Andrew Gold.

Unusually he wrote songs as well as played on them. If you saw Linda Ronstadt in the 70s, he was on guitar. He also played live with the Eagles. ‘Lonely Boy’ is what he’s best known for in the UK and ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’. He also played with and had hits with Graham Gouldman as Wax. He was invited to join 10 c.c. He also wrote the  theme. ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ and lots of TV and movie scores. 

If you wanted to either play on or write a hit in the 70s, Andrew was your man. He played most of the instruments on Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and played Cher’s ‘Turn To Stone’

Gold got started on Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’. He also released three albums in the 70s, the third All This And Heaven’ was a #31 hit in the UK and #81 stateside. He only briefly got the recognition he deserved with the hit singles. He was only 59 when he died of heart failure while being treated for kidney cancer.

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