Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' Was Originally 'Brandy.' But Was It Really About A Dog?

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Barry Manilow performing on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, airdate: October 11, 1975. Photo by Ann Limongello/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Singer Barry Manilow's hit-studded career begins with a girl: Brandy. Wait, isn't it Mandy? Well, sure, she became Mandy, but she was Brandy first. The chart-topping single, which was released in 1974 and reached the summit on January 18, 1975, wasn't written by the "I Write The Songs" singer (he didn't write that one, either), although he made one crucial tweak that might have made all the difference.