Friday, September 23, 2011


I'm listening to the radio today, and this song comes on.Link
Yep. "Brandy" by Looking Glass.

A one hit wonder.

In the summer of 1972, I graduated from high school, and in August, when this song debut, it became hugely popular: the guy's voice and the island sound so different in the era of the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, or even the Allman Brothers. I think I thought I was a hippie as I tended to listen to the harder rock bands ... even though I was a Three Dog Night fan. I remember at the time a friend of mine, a music aficionado, said that TDN "were so pop; they fizz."

I think that was an insult. *shrugs*

Something about "Brandy" led even the harshest of critics to admit that it was catchy -- and it told a story you could follow unlike, let's say, "House of the Rising Sun."

Just kidding. I followed that story. I think, but "Stairway to Heaven"?

Never mind. I'm still kidding. I know what that was about too.

I can't hear "Brandy" without thinking of the student center at Lagrange College in the fall of 1972 where I was a freshman, the mailbox that I visited daily, located in that said student center, in anticipation of good old fashioned letters from home [seems so archaic now], and that song blasting from the jukebox.


*shrugs again*

BTW: I never knew what the lead singer's looked like until I searched for this song on You Tube today. LOL. He's not what I pictured [his voice just doesn't match]-- nor the fact that he would be wearing his sister's clothes.



  1. Fall of '72: beginning of my senior year at LSU. I remember that song being played by bands at fraternity parties after home football games. And James Taylor. And Carole King.

  2. at that time I was listening to Puff the Magic Dragon and totally thought it was about a dragon. Of course I was only one...

  3. He looks a little like Tiny Tim....remember Tip Toe through the Tulips?


  4. Yeh-you got me into the Black Sabbath,Allman Brothers,Marshall Tucker. Before that I was into Bread, the Bee Gees,etc. Shelly