Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1972
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
As a Rutgers University undergrad at New Brunswick, New Jersey in the late 1960’s, I was well aware of the Looking Glass: a flat-out rockin’ band booked for campus frat parties. After graduation, I went on to a career in radio while Looking Glass struggled to survive as a viable band. The four split up for a few months; then reformed with a renewed commitment to make it. They moved into a NJ farmhouse and threw themselves into writing and playing. Two years later, they had little to show for their efforts. Enter, manager Mike Gershman, who set up a showcase with Columbia Records at NYC’s Café a Go Go. Looking Glass wowed the label suits, who rushed them into the studio. Several producers and no satisfactory results later, the band and Gershman took over production of the recording. Guitarist/singer Elliot Lurie contributed a song he’d written at the farm about a high school sweetheart named Randy. For the record, Randy became Brandy and Looking Glass had a #1 record; one I was happy to spin anytime.
This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.
- Mike Gershman
- Bob Liftin
- Looking Glass
Lyrics Written by:
- Elliot Lurie
- Gold Certification: The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1972 for selling over one million copies
- Billboard Chart Success: “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” was Looking Glass’ sole top 30 hit, reaching number 1 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts (1972)
- Top TV Songs Chart: “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top TV Songs chart due to its appearance in the final season of Better Call Saul (August 2022)
- Top 40 Weekly Top Songs of the 70s Chart Position: #97