The Left Banke’s Steve Martin Caro — ‘Walk Away Renee’ Singer — Dead at 71 - EpicNews

Steve Martin Caro, lead singer of the Sixties baroque-pop band the Left Banke, has died on the age of 71.

Martin Caro’s loss of life was first announced on a Left Banke Fb fan web page each he and surviving members of the group frequented; the group’s Twitter later confirmed the singer’s loss of life, the reason for which was not revealed.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I’ve to tell you that Steve has handed away final night time. One other nice voice has been taken away too early. We’ll all miss him and all that he gave to the Left Banke,” the web page reads.

Caro — who initially carried out underneath the identify Steve Martin earlier than including the “Caro” within the Seventies to distinguish himself from the comic — is greatest generally known as the vocalist on the Left Banke’s “Stroll Away Renee,” a Prime 5 hit in 1966 and Number 222 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

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“Stroll Away Renee,” which the 4 Tops additionally become successful, was later credited as the primary inspiration for Boston’s Tom Scholz when he wrote that band’s hit “Extra Than a Feeling.”

The Left Banke adopted “Stroll Away Renee” with one other Prime 20 hit, “Fairly Ballerina,” later that yr. Caro and the band recorded two albums collectively earlier than their preliminary break up in 1969; band members would often come collectively for short-lived reunions over the following 50 years.

In 2014, Rolling Stone named the Left Banke one of the Greatest Two-Hit Wonders of All Time on the power of their Caro-sung singles, however the band had an enduring affect outdoors of these two songs: Their 1967 debut album is taken into account one of many cornerstones of the baroque pop style, and that album’s “I Haven’t Got the Nerve” was later sampled within the Folks Implosion’s 1995 hit “Pure One.”

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