Looking Glass Biography

This New Jersey, USA-based quartet was led by vocalist/guitarist Elliot Lurie (19 August 1948, Brooklyn, New York, USA) with backing from Larry Gonsky (keyboards), Pieter Sweval (b. 13 April 1948, d. 23 January 1990; bass) and Jeffrey Grob (drums). Initially as a mid-heavy rock band, they played the east coast bar circuit for many months before refining their act for record company consumption. An audition for CBS Records’ president Clive Davis proved successful and in 1972 the group recorded Lurie’s melodic ‘Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)’ for the CBS subsidiary, Epic. Within a few weeks it had topped the US charts, but the band was unprepared for what was to follow. Bracketed as a soft rock act, their live act was confusingly guitar heavy and drew only lukewarm support. They continued to adopt a lighter approach on record, but their follow-up ‘Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne’ proved only a minor hit. Bereft of ideas, Looking Glass split and Lurie went on to pursue an unsuccessful solo career. He enjoyed more success in Hollywood, working on scores for movies including The Last Of The Mohicans, Alien 3 and Stuart Little. He revived the Looking Glass name in 2003 for a number of live shows.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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