Manilow hit 'Mandy' came from song called 'Brandy'

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow attends the Carousel of Hope Ball presented by Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Today's Morning Edition music begins with "Brandy" by Scott English, which came out in 1972 and was a minor hit on the British charts. When Barry Manilow decided to cover the song, he changed the name so it wouldn't be confused with the hit song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass.

Manilow's version of "Mandy" was No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts 40 years ago this week. It would be his first hit and launch his career as a performer.

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