Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Have no fear, even though it’s hard to hear…”

You had to have been trapped inside a cave the past couple of weeks not to know America’s grandmother Betty White died on New Year’s Eve, just shy of her 100th birthday. She suffered a stroke on Christmas Day.

“Having a sense of humor is the key to a long and happy life, she said last year. “Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside. [It] takes up too much energy being negative.”

White, of course, is best remembered for playing the lovable Rose Nylund during the run of The Golden Girls from 1985–92. Rose, from St. Olaf, Minnesota, was the widow of Charlie Nylund.

Just out of high school in the early 1970’s Andrew Gold sang and played guitar on many Linda Ronstadt recordings.

Then in 1978 it took him about an hour to write this song. But it took 40 takes to get it just right in the studio. Take #40 was selected for the 45 that debuted several years before Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia hit TV screens.

The single peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gold developed renal cancer and died in 2011. He was 59.


Ronnie Spector has died.

God I wish I had a Time Machine.

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