The Left Banke

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": 60s baroque pop psychedelic pop rock sunshine pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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Biography

Formed in 1965, the Left Banke was the brainchild of pianist/composer Michael Brown (Michael Lookofsky, 25 April 1949, New York City, New York, USA). The son of a noted arranger and producer, Brown’s early work appeared on releases by Reparata And The Delrons and Christopher And The Chaps, prior to the founding of the Left Banke. Steve Martin (vocals), Tom Finn (bass) and George Cameron (b. London, England; drums) completed the original Left Banke line-up, which scored a US Top 5 hit in 1966 with ‘Walk Away Renee’. This gorgeous song adeptly combined elements drawn from the Beatles and baroque, and became a major hit the following year when covered by the Four Tops. The band added Jeff Winfield (guitar) to the line-up and enjoyed further US chart success with the delightful ‘Pretty Ballerina’. They underwent the first of several personnel changes when Rick Brand replaced Winfield during sessions for an attendant album. Brown retired from...

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