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Tom Finn, 70s, last surviving original member, The Left Banke (Walk Away, Renee)
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That Derek
2020-06-29 02:28:22 UTC
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From Wikipedia page for "The Left Banke."

Michael Brown died from heart disease on March 19, 2015, at age 65. Brown had been writing new material and planned to participate in the 2015 reunion of The Left Banke with Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron. Brown's funeral and memorial service was held on March 25, 2015 at Fort Lee Gospel Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Justo George Cameron (born October 16, 1947 in New York City) died of cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on June 24, 2018, at age 70. Thomas Leo Feher died from heart failure on August 5, 2018. Steve Martin Caro died from heart disease on January 14, 2020. He was 71. The last surviving original member from the original "Walk Away Renée" lineup, Tom Finn, died on June 27, 2020 after years of declining health
Matthew Kruk
2020-06-29 02:59:07 UTC
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"That Derek" <***@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:03f2e29d-1a42-4cdd-9e5d-***@googlegroups.com...
From Wikipedia page for "The Left Banke."

Michael Brown died from heart disease on March 19, 2015, at age 65. Brown had
been writing new material and planned to participate in the 2015 reunion of The
Left Banke with Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron. Brown's funeral and
memorial service was held on March 25, 2015 at Fort Lee Gospel Church in Fort
Lee, New Jersey.

Justo George Cameron (born October 16, 1947 in New York City) died of cancer at
Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on June 24, 2018, at age 70. Thomas Leo Feher
died from heart failure on August 5, 2018. Steve Martin Caro died from heart
disease on January 14, 2020. He was 71. The last surviving original member from
the original "Walk Away Renée" lineup, Tom Finn, died on June 27, 2020 after
years of declining health

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And Pretty Ballerina:

RH Draney
2020-06-29 08:25:14 UTC
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From Wikipedia page for "The Left Banke."
Michael Brown died from heart disease on March 19, 2015, at age 65. Brown had
been writing new material and planned to participate in the 2015 reunion of The
Left Banke with Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron. Brown's funeral and
memorial service was held on March 25, 2015 at Fort Lee Gospel Church in Fort
Lee, New Jersey.
Justo George Cameron (born October 16, 1947 in New York City) died of cancer at
Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on June 24, 2018, at age 70. Thomas Leo Feher
died from heart failure on August 5, 2018. Steve Martin Caro died from heart
disease on January 14, 2020. He was 71. The last surviving original member from
the original "Walk Away Renée" lineup, Tom Finn, died on June 27, 2020 after
years of declining health
I've got "Walk Away Renée" on my playlist of classic "songs that start
with the word 'and'"...right next to "Mrs Robinson", "Signs", "Hold Your
Head Up", and two by Paul Anka: "Puppy Love" and "My Way"....r
TeddyKGB
2020-06-29 13:34:38 UTC
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"That Derek" wrote in message> > From Wikipedia page for "The Left Banke."
Michael Brown died from heart disease on March 19, 2015, at age 65. Brown had
been writing new material and planned to participate in the 2015 reunion of The
Left Banke with Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron. Brown's funeral and
memorial service was held on March 25, 2015 at Fort Lee Gospel Church in Fort
Lee, New Jersey.
Justo George Cameron (born October 16, 1947 in New York City) died of cancer at
Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on June 24, 2018, at age 70. Thomas Leo Feher
died from heart failure on August 5, 2018. Steve Martin Caro died from heart
disease on January 14, 2020. He was 71. The last surviving original member from
the original "Walk Away Renée" lineup, Tom Finn, died on June 27, 2020 after
years of declining health
I've got "Walk Away Renée" on my playlist of classic "songs that start
with the word 'and'"...right next to "Mrs Robinson", "Signs", "Hold Your
Head Up", and two by Paul Anka: "Puppy Love" and "My Way"....r
Now name five Beach Boy hits that start with the word 'well'
Terry del Fuego
2020-06-29 19:16:44 UTC
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On Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:34:38 -0700 (PDT), TeddyKGB
Post by TeddyKGB
Now name five Beach Boy hits that start with the word 'well'
Without cheating I can't think of any.

But "Orgasm Addict" by the Buzzcocks comes to mind...

TeddyKGB
2020-06-29 03:05:41 UTC
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From Wikipedia page for "The Left Banke."
Michael Brown died from heart disease on March 19, 2015, at age 65. Brown had been writing new material and planned to participate in the 2015 reunion of The Left Banke with Steve Martin Caro and George Cameron. Brown's funeral and memorial service was held on March 25, 2015 at Fort Lee Gospel Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Justo George Cameron (born October 16, 1947 in New York City) died of cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on June 24, 2018, at age 70. Thomas Leo Feher died from heart failure on August 5, 2018. Steve Martin Caro died from heart disease on January 14, 2020. He was 71. The last surviving original member from the original "Walk Away Renée" lineup, Tom Finn, died on June 27, 2020 after years of declining health
The five people on their first album cover were Brown, Martin Caro, Cameron, Finn and Rick Brand. Rick was essentially the seventh member as the original drummer and a guitarist were dropped during their early recording sessions. Rick joined just before they took the album cover photo. Feher was the 10th member, but had a songwriting credit on the first album. For trivia, Bert Sommer and Michael McKean (later of Spinal Tap) were the 8th and 9th members. I would only consider Brown, Cameron, Finn and Martin Caro as the classic Left Banke lineup with an awful lot of 5th members. So effectively the last surviving original member did just pass away.
That Derek
2020-06-29 14:27:43 UTC
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https://bestclassicbands.com/tom-finn-left-banke-walk-away-renee-members-6-28-20/

NEWS PLUS: News

The Left Banke’s Tom Finn is 2nd Member to Die in 2020
by Best Classic Bands Staff

The Left Banke, described as a “baroque pop” group thanks, in part, to the flute solo in “Walk Away Renée,” were formed in New York City in 1965 by keyboardist Michael Brown, vocalist Steve Martin Caro, guitarist Tom Finn, drummer Warren David-Schierhorst and George Cameron. (Shortly thereafter, David-Schierhorst departed and Cameron replaced him on drums.)

By the next year, the teenagers had a #5 single on Billboard with “Walk Away Renée” on Smash Records. Brown co-wrote it, inspired when he became infatuated with Finn’s girlfriend, Renée Fladen.

On Saturday (June 27), Finn, the last surviving member of the group’s “Walk Away Renée” lineup, died. At 71 (or 72), he was the second member to die in 2020, and the fourth in just over five years. The news was shared by the group’s Facebook page which noted that Finn had been in ill health for a while.

“Walk Away Renée” was released in July 1966 and reached #4 on Record World on Nov. 5, trailing only the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears” and the Rolling Stones’ “Have You Ever Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow.”

Ironically, the band had already become inactive during 1966 and Brown assembled a band for a proposed tour to capitalize on the song’s success. (One of its members was future actor Michael McKean on guitar.)

A follow-up single, “Pretty Ballerina,” written by Brown, was released in December 1966 and peaked at #15 the next yea

As often happened in the ’60s, “Walk Away Renée” was covered almost immediately. The Four Tops recorded the song for their 1967 Reach Out album and in Jan. 1968 it was released as a single which reached #14 on the Hot 100.

The Left Banke’s Brown, born Michael Lookofsky, died of heart failure on March 29, 2015, at age 65. Cameron died on June 24, 2018, at age 70 of cancer.

Caro, who originally went by the name Steve Martin while in the group, then changed it in the ’80s to avoid being mistaken for the comedian of that name. He died Jan. 14, 2020, at age 71 of heart disease.

When Caro passed, the group’s Facebook page wrote, “We will all miss him and all that he gave to the Left Banke. Say hi to George and Mike…”

As for Finn, who died June 27, 2020, he became a DJ at many New York clubs after a chance encounter with Studio 54 owner, Steve Rubell. He formed his own company, Topspin Entertainment, and ultimately had a highly successful and prominent career spinning records for scores of events, primarily in New York City.

“It’s not that hard, actually,” Mr. Finn told the New York Times in 2006. “These people don’t want anything very uptempo at first, but the women still need to feel sexy, sexy, sexy. I’m scoring the mating rituals for today’s society.”

The article noted that Finn worked an average of 70 nights a year, charging from $5,000 to $12,000 a night. In recent years, he also led a lineup under the Left Banke name to perform the group’s music.
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