Looking Glass (band)
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|Origin||New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States|
|Past members||Lawrence Gonsky
Michael Lee Smith
After college, the band would break up. Lurie and Gonsky would go on to recruit Sweval and Jeffrey Grob (who had been in a band called Tracks) and would form Looking Glass. The group had the #1 hit single for the week of August 26, 1972 with "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", written by Lurie; and also a minor hit "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" (1973), subsequently covered by Josie Cotton. "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" was released in the U.S. in June 1972 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, with a total stay of 16 weeks on the chart. This disc was their only million seller, achieving a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. on August 9, 1972.
Guitarist Brendan Harkin joined Looking Glass in early 1974, and Lurie left soon afterward to pursue a solo career, replaced by Michael Lee Smith, a singer from Georgia. Later that same year, the group changed its name to Fallen Angels. After Richie Ranno joined as second guitarist in September 1975, keyboardist Gonsky departed, and by late 1975, Fallen Angels's name had changed once again to Starz. Lurie appeared as a solo artist with "Your Love Song," an entry on Billboard's "Easy Listening" chart in 1974.
In 2003, Lurie reconstituted the group with new musicians. Sweval is deceased.
|Year||Album||US Top 200|
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||US Adult||UK Singles|
|"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"||1||7||51|
|1973||"Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne"||33||16||-|
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