Veritas has interesting information about Barry Manilow's Mandy arising from my review of December 3, 2006 (see labels):
Trivia: 'Mandy'-the original song being Scott English's 'Brandy' was changed to Mandy when English met 70's/80's London singer and journalist called Mandy Miami. I know because I was there. Scott was telling a few people that Manilow was to record his song - and then suddenly hit upon the idea of changing the title to Mandy - and told Ms Miami it was in her honour. She's soon to release a never-heard song written for by the legendary Ian Dury, called "Fits and Starts"!