It was written by Looking Glass lead guitarist and co-vocalist Elliot Lurie. The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot and Cash Box Top charts, remaining in the top position for one week. It reached number two on the former chart for four weeks, stuck behind Gilbert O'Sullivan 's " Alone Again Naturally ", before reaching number one, only to be dethroned by "Alone Again Naturally " the week after. Billboard ranked it as the 12th song of The lyrics tell of Brandy, a barmaid in a busy seaport harbor town which serves "a hundred ships a day. Lurie also refutes  the suggestion that the song was written by songwriter Stephen Homner, and eventually sold to Elliot Lurie after Lurie expressed interest in the song. He received a test pressing of an album by Looking Glass, then a new group. Harv Moore was the Program Director. He put the song into a one-hour rotation for two days and as Moore related at the time, "the switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree". He said that he had never received a response like that on a record in his 15 years in radio.
Skip to main content. The Brandy Song. From the Album Disco Death Dance.
Later, it was recorded by many other artists. The song was a UK number-one hit in for Irish boyband Westlife. Under the title Brandy , the selection's original title, the song charted in for Scott English , one of its co-composers, whose version of it reached 12 in the UK Singles Charts. It was also released in the United States, where it was a minor hit, remaining in the lower portion of the Hot The suggestion that Scott English wrote the song about a favorite dog is apparently an urban legend. English later said that a reporter called him early one morning asking who "Brandy" was, and an irritated English made up the dog story to get the reporter off his back. He later wrote the song in London.
You're welcome. You were kind of the architect of the band Looking Glass, that had this hit in EL: Brandy is a made-up individual.