Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on August 27th of 1972 a New York quartet called Looking Glass had the number one tune in the US with “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”. Despite the success of the song, the band could muster only one more chart entry, “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne”, a #33 hit the following year. The band recorded the song seven times before they got it right. ‘Brandy’ – based on the name of (lead singer) Elliot Lurie’s high school sweetheart ‘Randy’ – tells the story of a musician torn between his love for a life at sea and his love for a barmaid. Released as the B-side of ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Good,’ the song was overlooked, as was the A-side, for that matter, until Harv Moore, a Washington DC disc jockey took it up as a personal cause. After years of playing covers and their originals at frat parties and bars in the New Brunswick area, Looking Glass was signed to Epic Records. The band was signed by Clive Davis, a famous record executive who has nurtured the careers of many successful artists, including Santana, Billy Joel and Whitney Houston. Davis has a knack for knowing a hit song when he hears one, but he got this one wrong, releasing it as the B-side of their song “Don’t It Make You Feel Good.” This was not typical of the band’s sound, which caused a problem at concerts. While audiences expected pop songs like this one, the Looking Glass played rock, which left the crowds disappointed. The band broke up less than two years later. There was a song called “Brandy” by an artist named Scott English that was popular around the same time in the UK. When Barry Manilow recorded it, he changed the title to “Mandy” to avoid confusion with this song.  The song was not released as a single in the UK.