Looking Glass (band)

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Looking Glass
Origin New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 1969–1974
Associated acts Tracks
Members Elliot Lurie
Jeff Lehman
Craig Williams
Eric Mackey
Past members Lawrence Gonsky
Pieter Sweval
Jeff Grob
Brendan Harkin
Michael Lee Smith
Richie Ranno<br/

Looking Glass was an American pop music group of the early 1970s that was part of the Jersey Shore sound. Their 1972 song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" sold over a million copies.

Career[edit]

The group was formed in 1969, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and consisted of four members:

After college, the band broke 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.[2] The group had the #1 hit single for the week of August 26, 1972 with "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", written by Lurie;[1] 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. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and remained on the chart for 16 weeks.[1] This disc, their only million seller, was certified gold by the R.I.A.A. on August 9, 1972.[1]

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.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Top 200
1972 Looking Glass 113
1973 Subway Serenade -

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Hot 100 US Adult UK Singles
1972 "Golden Rainbow" - 37 -
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" 1 7 51
1973 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" 33 16 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 315. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Looking Glass Biography - Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Looking Glass Bio". Utopia Artists. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

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