Walk Away Renée (The Left Banke)

29 OCTOBER 1966

The Left Banke’s ‘Walk Away Renee’ was at its peak US Billboard chart position of #5 on this day. This is the original (and excellent) version of one of my personal favourite songs, and it is second in quality only to the Four Top’s 1968 cover.

In the constantly-shifting music trends of the sixties, this US group positioned themselves as a ‘baroque-rock’ band, attempting to blend a classical sound with jangle-pop. Unfortunately baroque-rock never really became a thing, and although the Left Banke enjoyed somewhat limited success (with this being their only Top 10 hit), they did manage to record some absolute gems. The group disbanded in 1969.

B-side: 'I Haven't Got the Nerve'
Released: July 1966
Highest chart position: #5 (US)
Length: 2:43 
Label: Smash
Writers: Michael Brown, Bob Calilli, Tony Sansone
Producers: World United Productions, Inc.

Walk Away Renée (The Left Banke)