"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 number one with their version in 2003.
Scott English version
|Single by Scott English|
|B-side||"Lead Me Back"|
Under the title Brandy, the selection's original title, the song charted in 1971 for Scott English, one of its co-composers, whose version of it reached number 12 in the UK Singles Charts. It was also released in the United States, but was not successful.
The suggestion that Scott English wrote the song about a favorite dog is apparently an urban legend. English has said that a reporter called him early one morning asking who "Brandy" was, and an irritated English made up the "dog" story to get the reporter off his back.
|UK Singles Chart||12|
|US Billboard Singles Chart||91|
Bunny Walters version
|Single by Bunny Walters|
|Writer(s)||Scott English, Richard Kerr|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||4|
Barry Manilow version
|Single by Barry Manilow|
|from the album Barry Manilow II|
|B-side||"Something's Comin' Up"|
|Released||October 7, 1974|
|Length||3:20 (single version)|
|Barry Manilow singles chronology|
In the three years between English's and Manilow's recordings, Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" had hit number-one 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.
In the Manilow version, the first two lines from the fourth verse following the instrumental section, were omitted, being:
"Riding on a country bus/ No one even noticed us."
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|German Singles Chart||19|
|Irish Singles Chart||6|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||30|
|UK Singles Chart||11|
|US Hot 100 Singles Chart||1|
|Single by Westlife|
|from the album Turnaround|
|Released||November 17, 2003|
|Recorded||Rokstone Studios, London
Olympic Studios, London 2003
|Westlife singles chronology|
"Mandy" was covered by Irish boyband Westlife in 2003 and was released as the second single from their fourth studio album, Turnaround. The single peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart to become the band's twelfth number-one single on the chart. The single sold over 190,000 copies in the UK. The single was released on Monday, 17 November 2003.
Tours performed at
Turnaround Tour (2004)
The Number Ones Tours (2005)
Face To Face Tour (2006)
The Love Tour (2007)
Back Home Tour (2008)
Where We Are Tour (2010)
The Farewell Tour (2012)
- UK CD1
- "Mandy" – 3:19
- "You See Friends (I See Lovers)" – 4:11
- "Greased Lightning" – 3:19
- "Mandy" (video) – 3:19
- "Mandy" (making of the video) – 2:00
- UK CD2
- "Mandy" – 3:19
- "Flying Without Wings" (live) – 3:41
|Austrian Singles Chart||16|
|Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart||50|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||3|
|Danish Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Singles Chart||27|
|European Hot 100 Singles||3|
|German Singles Chart||14|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||15|
|Swedish Singles Chart||4|
|Swiss Singles Chart||30|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (2003)||Position|
|Irish Singles Chart||5|
|UK Singles Chart||32|
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by Elton John
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Barry Manilow version)
January 18, 1975 (one week)
"Please Mr. Postman" by The Carpenters
"Me Against the Music" by Britney Spears featuring Madonna
|Irish IRMA number one single (Westlife version)
22 November 2003 (three weeks)
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Crashed the Wedding" by Busted
|UK number-one single (Westlife version)
November 23, 2003 (one week)
"Leave Right Now" by Will Young
|This section requires expansion. (November 2010)|
"Mandy" has been covered many times. Notable cover versions include:
- Bunny Walters in 1972 (as "Brandy" as in the original)
- Andy Williams (1975)
- Johnny Mathis (1975)
- Kai Hyttinen (1975) sung as "Leena" with Finnish text by Vexi Salmi.
- Claude François during the 1970s (precise date to find and edit) sung the French version (Mandy as well)
- Karel Gott (1977) sung as "Jsou svátky" with Czech text by Zdeněk Borovec.
- Richard Clayderman (1994)
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (1997)
- Box Car Racer (2002)
- Helmut Lotti (2003)
- Westlife (2003)
- Bradley Joseph (2005)
- Donny Osmond (2007)
In popular culture
- The Simpsons parodied it in the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer" in which Homer feels torn between his attractive new co-worker (Mindy) and his own wife. At first, Homer is washing up in his bathroom and singing "Mandy" but replacing the name with Mindy, until the last line where he says "Andy" instead. Then late, Homer and Mindy were in a hotel room together, and a turkey slips behind the bed. Later, when Homer brings Marge to the room, he starts singing to her, "Oh, Margie, you came and you found me a turkey." The song is also parodied in the episode "Day of the Jackanapes", in which Krusty sings a new version of the song about Sideshow Bob.
- The song was parodied in a Will & Grace episode where Grace Adler sang it as "Mommy" while in front of a theatre in which Manilow would perform the following day. She was regretting that her mother was avoiding meeting her.
- The song was sung by David Boreanaz at a karaoke bar in an episode of Angel.
- The song was featured in the movie Can't Hardly Wait when one of the characters is obsessed with a classmate named Amanda, and he hears "Mandy" on the radio. In a funny scene in the film, he is told by a friend that the song is actually about a dog.
- The song was featured in Muzak format in the movie Night at the Museum, when Larry (Ben Stiller) is stranded inside an elevator after being chased.
- The song was featured in an episode of Family Guy where Peter, Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire attend a Barry Manilow concert. The name "Mandy" is changed to "Quagmire" when Manilow picks him from the audience to come up on stage.
- In an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton sang this song to a baby who was crying, who he thought was his, since the mother is his ex-girlfriend Cindy.
- The song was featured in the Korean movie You're My Pet and was interpreted by Jang Geun-suk. The first time in the dance studio, and the second (covered in Korean) during the dance show.
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1975 (U.S.)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1974 (U.S.)
- MANDY (Legal Title), BMI Work #955340 http://repertoire.bmi.com/title.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&page=1&keyid=955340&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&querytype=WorkID
- Quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits.
- Pop Archives: Brandy by Bunny Walters
- New Zealand CDs: Very Best of Bunny Walters
- "Ultratop.be – Westlife – Mandy" (in French).
- Nielsen Business Media, Inc (2003-12-13). Billboard.