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The third version was recorded in New York, in a marathon production that ran many hours. After being disappointed before, the group redid the song three or four times, until guitars, drums, and voices blended perfectly. Then the track was added to their first album, which was issued by Epic early in However, the song was picked off the album by a deejay in Washington, D. When finally issued as a 45, "Brandy" sold slowly, but eventually gained momentum and finally peaked at 1 in August The same month, it was certified as a million-seller by the RIAA.
Billboard ranked it as the 12th biggest song of The lyrics tell of Brandy, a barmaid in a port town. She falls in love with a sailor who gives her a locket that bears his name.
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In the end, Brandy is left in love with "a man who's not around. More than a year went by before Looking Glass scored a follow-up hit, but it finally came in September However, "Jimmy Loves Marianne" was only a mild seller. Soon after, Elliot Lurie, who'd written and sung lead on both Looking Glass hits, announced he was leaving the group to begin a solo career. The others replaced him and then changed the group's name to one word -- Lookinglass.
However, the whole band fell apart soon afterward. Looking Glass suffered from a problem common to many groups -- a wide rift between their live sound and their sound on vinyl. People came to Looking Glass concerts expecting the same kind of New York pop sound they'd heard on "Brandy.
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Everyone knew "Brandy," but not the group Looking Glass -- four men who never quite established their own musical identity. We were a lot more of a hard-rock band than that record signified.
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When we went on tour, people who liked 'Brandy' were often disappointed with the overall show because we didn't really sound like the record. It was heavily overdubbed with strings and horns, and we were basically a guitar, piano, bass and drum rock 'n' roll band. Lurie had no luck on the charts after leaving Looking Glass and turned his attention to supervising music for movies.
Following the song's release in , "Brandy" increased in popularity as a girl's name in the United States.
According to data from the Social Security Administration, drawn from "Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States," Brandy was the rd most popular name in , th in , and, in the first full year after the song's popularity , 82nd.