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About the Song
"Mandy" (or "Brandy" in 1971) was a 1974 hit song for Barry Manilow. It was his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, and his first gold single. The song was written by Scott English under the title "Brandy", with music by Richard Kerr. Released by English in 1971, "Brandy" reached number 12 in the UK Singles Charts, but the fast-tempo version was a flop in the United States. It was later a hit for the Irish singing group Westlife. 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.[1] The line "you kissed me and stopped me from shaking" that appears in the lyrics has led some to believe that the song refers literally to brandy, specifically.    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Scott English (born Scott David English on January 10, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer, best known as the composer (along with Richard Kerr) of "Brandy", which became a number-one hit for Barry Manilow in 1974 under the title "Mandy". English had a single release of "Brandy", which made the US charts in March 1972, but had reached No. 12 in the UK charts in November 1971. In 1964 English had a regional doo-wop hit called "High on a Hill", written by Frank Cariola and A. Mangravito.[1] "High on a Hill" has consistently been voted an all-time top song on oldies radio stations in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. With Larry Weiss, he wrote "Bend Me, Shape Me", which became a hit for the Chicago-based band The American Breed, reaching number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968; it was also a hit in the UK for Amen Corner. (The song had been recorded a year earlier by The Outsiders, but only as an album track on their The Outsiders In album). English and Weiss also penned Eric Burdon and the Animals' 1966 song "Help Me Girl" (also released as a single around the same time.
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