Steve Popovich

06/10/2011

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[Sometimes Joes aren't musicians but the people behind the scenes who turn their passion for music into something we can all enjoy. Steve Popovich, a music executive and fan, was a Rock and Roll Joe.]

by Chip Taylor

Just heard the sad news that my friend Steve Popovich passed away. I treasured his friendship so much. He was one of those guys that brought me up every time I saw him. He saw right through bullshit and loved passionate music. Read Full Article

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Andrew Gold

06/08/2011

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Once again we have to add another Joe a little earlier than we planned – Andrew Gold died this past week.

Gold had a few big hits as a solo artist but he still is a true Joe. His work as a studio musician in Southern California during the 70s helped define a whole sound. He played multiple instruments (piano, guitar, etc.) on Linda Ronstadt’s breakout album, Heart Like A Wheel, and her subsequent hit records. Check him out on guitar and backing vocals here on Linda’s cover of the Everly Brothers classic:

Gold went on to record with Maria Muldaur, Carly Simon, Karla Bonoff, Art Garfunkel, Leo Sayer, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Jennifer Warnes, Nicolette Larson and many others. But despite all this great work, Andrew Gold will probably be best remembered for the use of his song “Thank You For Being A Friend” as the theme song for Golden Girls.

Here at Rock and Roll Joe we will remember all the good stuff.

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