BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: August 26, 1972 - “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Eliot Lurie, it is the biggest hit for the New Jersey based band that is formed in 1969 while the members are students at Rutgers University. The song was originally titled “Randy” (about an old girlfriend).The band will initially cut the track with songwriter and producer Sandy Linzer (“A Lover’s Concerto”, “Native New Yorker”, “Fresh”), but will scrap the original version when they are unsatisfied with the results. Working with Bob Liftin and Mike Gershman, they will re-record the track which be the one that is released. When Epic Records releases the single it is as the as the B-side of the song “One By One”. Harv Moore at WPGC in Washington DC prefers “Brandy” instead and within three weeks, it will be the number one single on the station. Entering the Billboard Hot 100 at #68 on June 17, 1972, it will climb to the top of the Hot 100 ten weeks later, temporarily interrupting Gilbert O’Sullivan’s six week run at the top with “Alone Again (Naturally)”. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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