Michael Brown (rock musician)

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Michael Brown (born Michael David Lookofsky in New York, April 25, 1949), is an American keyboardist-songwriter. The son of violinist and arranger Harry Lookofsky, he is best known as the principal songwriter for the 1960s baroque-pop outfit The Left Banke and for writing their two hits "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina".[1]

After internal band tensions saw Brown leave the Left Banke in late 1967, prior to the completion of their second record, he went on to become heavily involved in the band Montage.[1] Subsequently, he became involved with Stories and The Beckies. Brown briefly reunited with the Left Banke at a New York performance in April 2012.


  • Walk Away Renee
  • Barterers And Their Wives
  • Shadows Breaking Over My Head


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4742/biography
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  • Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 3rd edition, Macmillan, 1998.

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