From the One-Hit Wonder File: 'Brandy' (You're a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass


If you’re a music fan of a certain age, you probably recognize these opening lines: “There’s a port on a western bay, and it serves a hundred ships a day…lonely sailors pass the time away, and talk about their homes…” 

Those words are part of the biggest hit for a New Jersey-based group called Looking Glass. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” was ubiquitous in 1972, the age of AM radio, jukeboxes and bell-bottoms. 

Looking Glass was originally formed in 1969 at Rutgers University by singer-guitarist Elliot Lurie, bassist Pieter Sweval, and keyboard player Larry Gronsky. Drummer Jeff Grob later joined the lineup, and the band gained a solid reputation playing frat parties and local bars in the tri-state area.

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