500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Left Banke, 'Walk Away Renee'
Writers: Michael Brown, Bob Calilli, Tony Sansone
Producer: Harry Lookofsky
Released: Sept. '66, Smash
13 weeks; No. 5
In 1965, Brown was a 16-year-old keyboard prodigy with a crush on a bandmate's girlfriend - bassist Tom Finn had introduced Renee Fladen to the group. Brown wrote three songs about her, including "Walk Away Renee." He quit the Left Banke before they finished recording "Renee" but returned after the song became a hit a year later.
Appears on: There's Gonna Be a Storm (Mercury)