Mandy (song)

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"Mandy", originally titled "Brandy", is a song written and composed by Scott English and Richard Kerr.[1]

"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[edit]

"Brandy"
Single by Scott English
B-side "Lead Me Back"
Released 1971
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1971
Genre Pop
Label Trojan/Horse/Fontana (UK)
Janus (U.S.)
Writer(s) Scott English
Richard Kerr
Music video
"Brandy" on YouTube

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.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 12
US Billboard Singles Chart 91

Bunny Walters version[edit]

"Brandy"
Single by Bunny Walters
Released 1972
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1972
Genre Pop
Writer(s) Scott English, Richard Kerr
Music video
"Brandy" on YouTube

In 1972, Bunny Walters recorded "Brandy" and had a hit with it in New Zealand.[3] The backing vocals were by The Yandall Sisters. He later on included it in his album Very Best of Bunny Walters.[4]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart 4

Barry Manilow version[edit]

"Mandy"
Single by Barry Manilow
from the album Barry Manilow II
B-side "Something's Comin' Up"
Released October 7, 1974
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop
Length 3:20 (single version)
Label Bell
Writer(s) Scott English
Richard Kerr
Barry Manilow singles chronology
"Could It Be Magic"
(1973)
"Mandy"
(1974)
"It's a Miracle"
(1975)
Music video
"Mandy" on YouTube

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 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.[5] 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.[citation needed]

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."

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
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

Westlife version[edit]

"Mandy"
Single by Westlife
from the album Turnaround
Released November 17, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London
Olympic Studios, London 2003
Genre Pop
Length 3:19
Label BMG
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"Hey Whatever"
(2003)
"Mandy"
(2003)
"Obvious"
(2004)
Music video
"Mandy" on YouTube

"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.[6] The single sold over 190,000 copies in the UK.[7] The single was released on Monday, 17 November 2003.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Mandy" – 3:19
  2. "You See Friends (I See Lovers)" – 4:11
  3. "Greased Lightning" – 3:19
  4. "Mandy" (video) – 3:19
  5. "Mandy" (making of the video) – 2:00
UK CD2
  1. "Mandy" – 3:19
  2. "Flying Without Wings" (live) – 3:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 16
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 50
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 3
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 27
European Hot 100 Singles[9] 3
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 15
Swedish Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 30
UK Singles Chart[6] 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2003) Position
Irish Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 32

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by Elton John
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Barry Manilow version)
January 18, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Please Mr. Postman" by The Carpenters
Preceded by
"Me Against the Music" by Britney Spears featuring Madonna
Irish IRMA number one single (Westlife version)
22 November 2003 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Crashed the Wedding" by Busted
UK number-one single (Westlife version)
November 23, 2003 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Leave Right Now" by Will Young

Other versions[edit]

"Mandy" has been covered many times. Notable cover versions include:

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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 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 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mandy (legal title) - BMI Work #955340". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ Quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits.
  3. ^ "Brandy - BUNNY WALTERS (1972) - Pop Archives - Sources of Australian Pop Records from the 50s, 60s and 70s". Pop Archives. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Very Best of Bunny Walters". Newzealandcds.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ Steve Huey. "Mandy - Barry Manilow | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 692. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Westlife – Mandy" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Billboard. Retrieved 2003-12-13. 

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