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Looking Glass’ ELLIOT LURIE On ’70s Smash Hit ‘Brandy’ Turning 50 And His Unexpected Road To Fame. An Intimate Interview About The Singer-songwriter’s Journey To The Top Of The Charts.

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No-one expected the 70s song Brandy You re a Fine Girl to endure Least of all ELLIOT LURIE who was the lead singer and main songwriter for the band Looking Glass the group behind the hit song The song has been on constant radio rotation since 1972 and has been featured in movies TV shows and the Simpsons Elliot is surprised by the song s staying power and admits it has certainly helped him build a career nbsp He started playing guitar in high school bands and then in college he formed Looking Glass with two other guys The band has had various drummers over the years but he and his bandmates decided to pursue music after college renting a farmhouse in rural New Jersey to make demos They drove their demos to New York City eventually getting a manager and a record deal After graduating college Elliot told his parents that he and his bandmates were going to take one full year to see if they could make something out of their music It was at that farmhouse that he wrote the song and he came up with the lyrics by playing around with a chord progression and singing the name of an old high school girlfriend Randy The singer then changed Randy s name to Brandy to make it more fitting for the story he wanted to tell He explains that he had difficulty writing the chorus and had to run back and forth between the piano and his guitar to get it right Elliot says the song s story came completely from his imagination and contrary to urban legend he had no prior background in the navy or sailing He also confirms that his ex-girlfriend Randy knew the song was written for her but had not been aware of this until it became a hit Elliot revealed that the song had been recorded multiple times first in a house then again in a demo studio and then with Steve Cropper in Memphis When Clive Davis heard the song he wanted studio musicians to help finish it but Looking Glass insisted on playing their own instruments nbsp It doesn t surprise me as much that it was a number one hit record at the time as it does how well it has endured I mean it s endured better than a lot of records that were bigger hits at the time -Elliot Lurie Elliot Lurie has enjoyed a successful music career spanning well over 50 years He s not only been a singer songwriter but has spent many years as a music director on several film scores During the course of this interview he tells us all about his career path but keeps coming back to the fact that without Brandy his musical career may never have gotten off the ground As he puts it it was luck and fate that led to the song becoming a hit He does add however that many people may not know that Looking Glass definitely wasn t a one hit wonder – they did score another Top 40 hit Do you know which one that was Find out this and much more this week If you d like to learn more about Elliot Lurie head for his website https elliotlurie com In this episode you will learn the following 1 How did Elliot Lurie s song Brandy become a number one hit 2 What was the experience like of playing in a bar band in the 70s 3 What was the story behind the recording of Jimmy Loves Marianne Other episodes you ll enjoy Bobby Sherman nbsp https podcasts apple com au podcast a-breath-of-fresh-air id1618650164 i 1000603516865 John Ford Coley – https podcasts apple com au podcast a-breath-of-fresh-air id1618650164 i 1000600070694 Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – https podcasts apple com au podcast a-breath-of-fresh-air id1618650164 i 1000598959499 Connect with me nbsp Instagram sandykayepresents Facebook sandykayepresents Website https www abreathoffreshair com au Loved this episode Leave us a review and rating PLEASE nbsp Click here to visit this podcast episode