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Looking Glass
Origin New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Pop
Years active 1969 – 1974
Former members
Elliot Lurie
Lawrence Gonsky
Pieter Sweval
Jeff Grob

Looking Glass was an American pop music group of the early 1970s that was part of the Jersey Shore sound. They are best remembered for their million selling 1972 song, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)".



The group was formed in 1969, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and consisted of four members:


Looking Glass had one #1 hit single in the week of 26 August 1972 with "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", which was written by Lurie;[1] and also a minor hit "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne", subsequently covered by Josie Cotton. "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" was released in the U.S. in June 1972 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, with a total stay of 16 weeks in the best-sellers.[1] This disc was their only million seller, achieving a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. on 9 August 1972.[1]

"Brandy" was also covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers - a recording can be found on their album, Live in Hyde Park.

After the official disbanding of Looking Glass in 1974, two of the members went on to form the heavy metal band Starz in 1976. Lurie appeared as a solo artist with "Your Love Song," an entry on Billboard's "Easy Listening" chart in 1974. Lawrence Gonsky still resides in New Jersey and is a chorus teacher at Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morristown, NJ. Gonsky has written and produced new music, which are in the process of being recorded with the help of famed guitarist Sonny Lallerstedt, pianist/vocalist/award-winning sound mixer Cheryl Rogers as well as several other talented musicians. These tracks will be made available online in the Spring of 2010.




  • Looking Glass (1972)
  • Subway Serenade (1973)



  1. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 315. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.  

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