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The Left Banke

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The Left Banke was an American 19 -music group which produced the two hit singles of “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina”. Often utilizing so-called string arrangements, the band’s music was an imaginative response to the work of The Beatles, The Zombies, and other groups of the era. The band was short-lived, but it had a major influence among many later American groups.

The group was formed in 1965 and consisted of keyboardist/songwriter Michael Brown, guitarist Jeff Winfield (later replaced by Rick Brand), bassist Tom Finn, drummer George Cameron and singer Steve Martin (aka Steve Martin Caro). Brown’s father, Harry Lookofsky, a well-known session violinist, ran a studio in New York and took an interest in the band’s music, acting as producer, manager, and publisher. Brown’s song “Walk Away Renee” was sold to Smash, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, and became a hit in late 1966. “Pretty Ballerina,” also written by Brown, charted in early 1967, and the Left Banke released an LP entitled, appropriately enough, Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina.
At this point, tension between Brown and the rest of the group began to surface, as Brown recorded a single, “And Suddenly”/”Ivy Ivy,” under the Left Banke name, using session musicians and Bert Sommer on lead vocals.

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    симпатичная, изящная группа, жаль, что получили всего лишь 15 минут славы. вообще странно - столько талантливейших музыкантов было в то время, куда все подевались?

    10 Mar 12:38pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    if ANY band is underrated, THEY are

    5 Jan 4:55pm Reply
  • sls

    "Somewhere a mountain is moving, afraid it's moving without me"

    4 Jan 10:25pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №51 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2013-46/

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dan_CiTi

    Fantastic post-Pet Sounds group. So many good songs.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Norieman

    Wonderful songs!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    Compusieron dos de las mas perfectas canciones pop jamas creadas, mi mas absoluto respeto.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • abcdavid01

    I heard about them in 2007 when Noel Gallagher was playing tracks for a radio show. He said a fan gave him There's Gonna Be a Storm when Oasis were at the height of their fame and it's influenced his songwriting. I saw The Left Banke at Woodstock last year. Am I the only one who likes "Too" more?

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Wow !!!!!It's unbelievably awesome....

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mmmmlowell

    they're good, cdax, but they're no zombies.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • gsnoorky

    I never knew these guys are American--not British invasion.

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • cdax2307

    They out-Zombies the Zombies

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RMGB17

    They still sound great exactly like they did when they first started out

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    holy fuck I love baroque pop

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BrilliantColors

    The Left Banke are back and playing shows. Here's a clip of "Sing Little Bird Sing" performed in Brooklyn July 20, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqTKfZ-vVJ8

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    And it's not even their best song.

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    "Walk Away Renee" is achingly gorgeous... just tugging on the heartstrings

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • mjscholl

    This band DOES NOT need to be forgotten. Their music was so before its time.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • LINK2K9

    What an underrated band. It's a fucking shame that they still aren't recognized for their brilliance.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Ouroboros

    Does anyone know the lyrics to "Dark is the Bark" and "My Friend Today"?

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
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