Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood Sing a ’70s Hitby Best Classic Bands Staff
If you needed further proof that you can pretty much find anything on YouTube, here’s Exhibit A: At 2012’s AT&T Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Hollywood A-Listers Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood attended a private party and were cajoled on stage to sing with the band. Murray has a history of performing as Nick the Lounge Singer, a role he perfected in numerous Saturday Night Live sketches with Paul Shaffer. Eastwood, of course, has composed and played the music for many of his own films.
At this event, we join in as the four-piece band have begun to play. Murray strolls up to his mic as we hear the familiar sound of Looking Glass‘ 1972 hit “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”
The group was formed at New Jersey’s Rutgers University in 1969 and are thisclose to being one-hit-wonders. “Brandy” was a #1 chart hit (and the year’s #12 biggest single). Their sole follow-up release, “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne,” reached #33 in 1973 and that was that.
But “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” lives on, as on this occasion with Murray leading the way doing his best imitation of Looking Glass lead singer Elliot Lurie’s distinctively aloof vocal. “There’s a porrrt on a western bay and it serrrrves a hundred ships a day…” he croons.
On numerous occasions, Murray tries to get Eastwood to take over the vocal chores. Clint doesn’t know the words and appears bemused at Murray’s extroverted singing style. At one point, Eastwood stammers “What a band!” No matter. Murray the Lounge Lizard takes over though he tries to at least get Clint to sing the “Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be…” chorus. But Dirty Harry admits he’s unfamiliar with the lyrics: “I don’t know the lyrics but I’d better be moving on.”
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