Barry Manilow

Mandy

Composed by Richard Kerr / Scott English

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"Mandy" was Barry Manilow's breakthrough single, topping the charts in early 1975 and launching a long string of hits that made Manilow one of the most popular entertainers in the country for the next several years. "Mandy" was originally recorded for a U.K. hit in 1971 by Scott English, who co-wrote the song with Richard Kerr; English's version was actually titled "Brandy," and arranged as a light, breezy, mid-tempo pop tune tailor-made for AM radio, although it was perhaps hindered in the U.S. by English's idiosyncratic vocals. In hopes of landing a hit, Arista president Clive Davis asked Manilow to record the song after the icy reception afforded the singer's debut album. Manilow had trouble connecting with it until he hit upon the idea of turning it into a melancholy heartbreak ballad -- which actually made much more sense given the lyrics (in his original version, English doesn't seem all that concerned about sending Brandy away, sounding more like he's reminiscing while sipping lemonade by a pool). The title was changed to "Mandy" in order to avoid confusion with the recent Looking Glass hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"; Manilow and co-producer Ron Dante piled on the strings, choir, and echoing snare drum for the song's big finish, and the rest was history. Davis' instincts about the song were right; "Mandy" is an excellent piece of pop craftsmanship, and Manilow's flair for the dramatic serves it well. "Mandy" established the polished, orchestrated blueprint for the majority of Manilow's hits, demonstrating that his path to success lay as a balladeer.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Barry Manilow II 1974 Arista 3:36
No Image 1977 MGM/UA
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1978 Arista 3:18
Greatest Hits [Bonus Tracks] 1978 Arista
No Image 1985 Arista
Live on Broadway 1987 Immortal
Die Neue Kuschelrock 1989
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:19
Concert at Blenheim Palace 1991 RCA/Columbia Home Video-Musicvision
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Alex 3:21
The Complete Collection and Then Some... 1992 Arista/Legacy 3:46
Greatest Hits: The Platinum Collection 1994 Arista 3:21
Kuschelrock, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
CBS Disques S.A.
Manilow Live [DVD] 2000 Image Entertainment
Burning Hearts: Best Sad Songs for Your Soul 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Polygram
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Live! [DVD] 2000 Evo Video
Ultimate Manilow [Arista] 2002 Legacy / Arista / Sony Music Distribution
The Songs 1975-1990 2002 BMG International 3:22
Ultimate Manilow [BMG International] 2002 BMG / Arista
2 Nights Live 2004 BMG Heritage 3:19
Ultimate Manilow [Japan] 2004 Sony Music 3:20
The Essential Barry Manilow 2005 Arista / Sony Music Entertainment 3:18
Ultimate 70s Pop 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 3:21
Pure 70s Party 2005
Various Artists
Apace 3:22
The Very Best of Barry Manilow [Hallmark] 2005 Hallmark Recordings 3:31
First and Farewell [DVD] 2006 Rhino
A Brief History Of Soft Rock 2006
Various Artists
Commercial Sales 3:32
Absolute Legends 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:33
The Greatest Songs of the Seventies 2007 BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
The First Television Specials 2007 Rhino
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:19
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 6: Bandstand Boogie 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:19
Love and Affection 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Songs from the Seventies 2008 Rhino
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records
Music and Passion: The Best of Barry Manilow 2008 Sony Music 3:19
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:18
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:18
The Best Year of My Life: 1974 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
The Very Best of Barry Manilow 2009 Allegro Corporation / Platinum Legends 3:31
Essential 3.0 2010 Arista / Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:22
The  Music of Barry Manilow 2010 Arista / Legacy 3:34
Playlist: The Very Best of Barry Manilow 2010 BMG / Sony BMG
Las 50 Grandes Canciones de Universal 92.1 FM Stereo 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:20
Me to You with Love 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI TV / Joint Venture 3:19
Super Hits 2011 BMG / Commercial Music Group / Sony Music Entertainment 3:22
Pure... Crooners 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:53
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 70s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
His Greatest Hits 2011 Rhino / Warner Bros.
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 2:50
Latest & Greatest Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Union Square 3:21
Live in London 2012 Stiletto Entertainment 3:51
Pure... 70s 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:50
100 Hits: Ultimate Love 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:21
The Box Set Series 2014 Sony Legacy 3:34
The Golden Years: 1975 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
30 Stars: 70s
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:51
Always & Forever
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:35
Ballads
Various Artists
Sony Music
De Pre Historie: 1975, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:20
Easy Listening Classics/Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:18
Eternal Voices
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records
Superstar Seventies!
Various Artists
Sony Music
Ultimate... 70s
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:51
Ultimate... Voices
Various Artists
Legacy
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