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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday's Flashback

In 1972 the band Looking Glass released a single from their first album that catapulted them to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) was a different sound for Looking Glass. The band had up till then been focusing on edgier sounding rock than the mellow pop groove of Brandy. The public, ignorant of this as Looking Glass was new on the music scene, expected them to keep following the formula present in Brandy. Selling out concert halls on the power of their chart topper, fans gave their harder music a full throttle thumbs down. Shortly thereafter Looking Glass disbanded over disputes between its members about the direction their music should take after the mega hit that made them stars.

In a clip from American Bandstand, Looking Glass displays the sound that made them famous. Today the band is back together and touring on the continued popularity of Brandy. One has to wonder what they might have accomplished if they had stuck with this sound back in the day.

On an interesting side note, the popularity of the name Brandy for girls soared after this song became such a hit. According to the Social Security Administration, in 1973 the name Brandy became a top ten hit among new parents for baby girls. Bravo, boys!


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