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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: (L to R) Actresses Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur arrive for the DVD release party for "The Golden Girls" the first season November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

We’ve all been humming duh-duh-DUH-DUH for days since the shocking news of Betty White’s passing broke our hearts. But the version we know so well is not the original. In 1985, Cynthia Fee recorded a forty second version that became the iconic opening of The Golden Girls. Seven years earlier, Andrew Gold reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with  “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

During a conversation with friend and Bread drummer, Michael Botts, Andrew says that it was “just this little throwaway thing” that took him “about an hour to write.” Take a listen: