Left Banke Keyboardist Michael Brown Dies at 65

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The Left Banke photographed in 1965.

Brown co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Walk Away Renee."

Songwriter and keyboardist Michael Brown has died at his home in Englewood, New Jersey.

He was 65.

Brown died of heart failure Thursday, according to Marge Finn, a family friend.

Born Michael Lookofsky, Brown grew up in Brooklyn. A keyboardist and songwriter for the band The Left Banke, he co-wrote the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee" -- The Left Banke's biggest hit, which rose to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- and composed "Pretty Ballerina," which rose to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Brown is survived by his wife, Yvonne, and twin sons Skylar and Adrian, both 17, Finn said.


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