Michael Brown

Left Banke

Died: 2015-03-20
Age: 65
Cause: Heart Disease

Michael Brown, the keyboard player and songwriter with the Left Banke, known for classic hits “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina,” has passed away at the age of 65. The cause was heart failure, said Marge Finn, a family friend. “Walk Away Renee” was the Left Banke’s biggest hit, rising to No. 5 on the Billboard pop chart. Michael Brown wrote it together with Tony Sansone and Bob Calilli. With Steve Martin, also known as Steve Martin Caro, as the lead singer, the song was ranked No. 222 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It was also a hit for the Four Tops in 1968.

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