Single by Barry Manilow from the album Barry Manilow II
B-side "Something's Comin' Up"
Format 7" vinyl
Length 3:20 (single version)
Writer(s) Scott English
"Mandy", originally titled "Brandy", is a song jointly written and composed by Scott English and Richard Kerr.
"Brandy" was a hit in 1971 for Scott English in the UK and in 1972 for Bunny Walters in New Zealand but achieved greater success when covered in 1974 by Barry Manilow in the US with the title changed to "Mandy" to avoid confusion with Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."
His version reached the top of the US Hot 100 Singles Chart. Later on, it was recorded by many other artists. Irish boyband Westlife had a UK #1 with their version in 2003.
Barry Manilow version:
In 1974, recorded by Barry Manilow under the title "Mandy", the song was Manilow's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, and his first gold single.
In the three years between English's 1971 recording and Manilow's, Looking Glass had charted with a selection titled "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" in 1972. Therefore, to avoid confusion, when Manilow decided to record the selection, he changed the title to "Mandy."
It was Clive Davis who suggested that Manilow record the selection. Joe Renzetti arranged the record.
Manilow originally recorded it as an up-tempo bubblegum pop tune similar to English's original, but he and his producer, Ron Dante, reportedly hated the way it turned out; thus, he re-recorded it as a ballad and was much more pleased with the results.
It was Manilow's first hit single and the first song on Clive Davis's Arista Records label (formerly Bell Records) to hit the Billboard Hot 100.
In the Manilow version, the fist two lines from the fourth verse following the instrumental section, were omitted, being:
"Mandy" has been covered many times. Notable cover versions include:
Bunny Walters in 1972 (as "Brandy" as in the original)
Andy Williams (1975)
Claude François during the 1970s (precise date to find and edit) sung the French version (Mandy as well)
Richard Clayderman (1994)
Johnny Mathis (1997)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (1997)
Box Car Racer (2002)
Bradley Joseph (2005)
Donny Osmond (2007)