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The first and original singer of the song Walk Away Renée

Walk Away Renée is a 1966 Baroque Pop Song written by Tony Sansone, Bob Calilli, and Michael Brown for the band the Left Banke. Brown wrote this song after he met Renee Fladen, the band's bass player girlfriend.

The first and original singer of the song Walk Away Renée is The Left Banke. This band were formed in New York City in 1965 by Caro, Brown, Cameron, Finn and drummer Warren David-Schierhorst.

The band's lineup shifted numerous times over the years, but Caro stayed in the group throughout their prime '60s run. On January 14, 2020 ago, Steve Martin Caro (co-founder and original singer of the baroque-pop band the Left Banke) has died at age 71 because heart disease.

The idea of using a girl's name in the title song was inspired by the Beatles song entitled Michelle, and so he did likewise, choosing the French name Renée as the female object for the song.

The line "Just walk away Renée" is often misinterpreted as "Don't walk away Renée." The singer has decided that Renee will never return his affections and is better off with her out of his life.

This song released as a single in July 1966. Steve Martin Caro is featured on lead vocals. This song also features a solo flute played over the instrumental bridge from the middle of the song. Brown got this idea from the Mamas & the Papas song "California Dreamin". The arrangement also includes a lush string orchestration, a jangling harpsichord part, and a descending chromatic bass melody.

This song spent 13 weeks on the US charts, with a top spot of number 5. "Walk Away Renée" occupies number 220 for the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

With a cover version by The Four Tops and Rick Price, this song returned to nationwide charts. The Four Tops' recording of the song was featured on their 1967 album Reach Out and is the second most successful cover version of the song.


Walk Away Renée


Single By
The Left Banke
Released On
1966
Recorded By
The Left Banke
Song Writers
Michael Brown, Bob Calilli and Tony Sansone
Song Producers
World United Productions, Inc.
Song Durations
2:43 Minutes


All Cover Versions

Walk Away Renée
The Truth [GB1] - 1967
Walk Away Renée
Four Tops - 1967
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The Wishful Thinking - 1967
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The Blades of Grass - 1967
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The Generations Combo - 1967
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Orpheus - 1968
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Fourways - 1968
Walk Away Renée
Mario Said - 1968
Walk Away Renée
The Cowsills - 1969
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The Voices of The Champagne Circle with
The Frank Barber Orchestra - 1969
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Steve Colt - 1970
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Frankie Valli - 1975
Walk Away Renée
Terry Reid - 1978
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Pink Lady - 1979
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Alvin Stardust - 1983
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The Association - 1983
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Rickie Lee Jones - 1983
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Billy Bragg June - 1986
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Allan Mayes - 1986
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Southside Johnny & The Jukes - 1986
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Roly Daniels - 1987
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T'Pau - 1988
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Kaya - 1991
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Angel - 1992
Walk Away Renée
Rick Price - 1992
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Jimmy LaFave - 1992
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Peppino D'Agostino - 1995
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Lotion - 1995
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Kevin Slick - 1996
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Spontaneous Combustion - 1997
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Vonda Shepard - 1998
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Eric Carmen - 1998
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Angie Heaton - 1999
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Marshall Crenshaw - 2001
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David Cassidy - 2003
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Les Fradkin - 2006
Walk Away Renée
Doug Spartz with Larry Suess - 2006
Walk Away Renée
Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy - 2006
Walk Away Renée
Lowen & Navarro October - 2006
Walk Away Renée
Somerdale - 2006
Walk Away Renée
Alan Merrill - 2007
Walk Away Renée
Carol Noonan - 2007
Walk Away Renée
Mick Overman - 2008
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Kiki Ebsen - 2010
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Renee Cologne - 2019


Weekly Charts

Chart (1966)Peak Position
Canada RPM
3
New Zealand
5
US Billboard Hot 100
5
US Cash Box Top 100
2


Year-end Charts
Chart (1976)Rank
US Billboard Hot 100
40
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