Song of the Day, January 21: Walk Away Renee by the Left Banke

LeftBankeToday’s song is a masterpiece of the short-lived “Baroque Pop” movement. The Left Banke formed in New York in 1965 around keyboard player Michael Brown and vocalist Steve Martin Caro. Brown was only 16 when he co-wrote Walk Away Renée with Tony Sansone and Bob Calilli. He borrowed the idea of a flute solo from the Mamas and the Papas’ California Dreamin’. His father, classical violinist Harry Lookofsky, helped produce the song and arranged the lush strings. The standout feature is an unusual but lovely harpsichord figure. It provides the right bittersweet note to anchor the song of romantic endings.

Enjoy this lovely song today.

BONUS: When Linda Ronstadt recorded the album Adieu False Heart with Ann Savoy, they included a sweet, fragile version of the song. Using acoustic guitar and a fiddle line appropriate to Savoy’s Cajun musical roots, they make the song distinctly their own.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, January 21: Walk Away Renee by the Left Banke

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Yes, it is a wonderful song which has stood the test of time. I included the song – but with a different music video — in my post from a while back.

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