August 1972 – a song popular in this month – Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
The four members of Looking Glass are alumni of Rutgers University, and the Spring 2009 Rutgers alumni magazine carried an article about this song and the band itself.
Interesting facts about Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) & Looking Glass
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.
The band, appearing on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and at Carnegie Hall, never came close to matching ‘Brandy’s’ success.
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 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.
‘Brandy’ was part of the sound track for the film Charlie’s Angels, for which band members and Peter Sweval’s estate each received a royalty check of $30K.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com