Michael Brown (born Michael Lookofsky in New York, April 25, 1949), is an American keyboardist-songwriter. The son of violinist and arranger Harry Lookofsky, he is best known as the principal songwriter for the 1960s baroque-pop outfit The Left Banke and for writing their two hits Walk Away Renee and Pretty Ballerina.
After internal band tensions saw Brown leave the Left Banke prior to the completion of their second record, he went on to become heavily involved in the band Montage. Subsequently, he became involved with Stories and The Beckies. "Walk Away RenÃ©e" is a song made popular by the band The Left Banke in 1966 (single release: July 1966, Smash Records), composed by the group's then 16-year-old keyboard player Michael Brown (real name Michael Lookofsky) and Tony Sansone. Bob Calilli is also credited as a writer, though he didn't actually write any of the lyrics or music - he received credit in exchange for setting up the session in which the writing stage of the song was completed. The song was also a chart hit for the Motown group The Four Tops in 1968.
The song features a flute being played during the instrumental portion of the.