Vocalist Steve Martin Caro's mother Sarita Heredia was
born in Almeria, Spain. An accomplished Flamenco guitarist/singer, she
learned her craft from her father from the age of six. She was part of
the famous Gypsy family "Los Clauijos" and was renowned during the 1950's
and 1960's as "the only female Flamenco guitarist in the world."
She performed for the likes of Andres Segovia and Carlos Montoya as well as
all over the world, traveling with her family across the globe.|
Keyboardist Michael Brown's father, Harry Lookofsky was a classically trained violinist who put out pop records under the name Hash Brown,
a name given to him by Quincy Jones.
Lookofsky was responsible
for getting The Left Banke signed to Smash records in 1966. He also arranged and produced most of
the songs on their first album.
His 1958 Stringsville
album is a favorite among Jazz fans.
He was also part owner of the studio (World Artists, later Sound Ideas Studios) where the Left Banke recorded their hits.
Friends of Michael Brown, they recorded an album on Laurie records where Brown
wrote most of the songs and did the vocal arrangements. Although the members of Montage were nowhere as talented
as the original Left Banke members and their cover of "Desiree" is sub par at best,
their self-titled 1967 album is still quite good. It did not do well however, and the band was never heard from again.
Bert sang lead on three songs under the Left Banke name: "Men Are Building Sand," "And Suddenly," and "Ivy Ivy."
He performed on the first day of Woodstock and was a member of the cast of Hair.
His highest charting single as a solo artist was "We're All Playin' in the Same Band."
Featuring vocalist Ian Lloyd. Michael Brown
was a member on their first album, then left during the making of the second due to low record sales and creative differences.
A revised lineup of Stories produced the hit "Brother Louie" in the summer of 1973.
Another group Michael Brown was a part of. This short lived band produced one album in the mid-70's. Guitarist
Jimmy McAllister from the Kansas City group, Chesmann Square was a member.
McAllister played guitar on Strangers On A Train in 1978 and continued to work with the Left Banke
on other projects though the years until he passed away in 2006.
Les is a multi instrumentalist best known for his talents on both the 12-String and midi guitars. He was the
original "George Harrison" of Beatlemania on Broadway and has been composing and recording
since the 1960's. Many Left Banke members recorded with Les in the early to mid 1970's.
The most notable recording they did together was "I Could Make It Last Forever."
View the video for it on Blip.tv.
Hilly Michaels has worked with Michael Brown and Jimmy McAllister on several projects.
He has also toured with Sparks and Dan Hartman. He released a solo album in the 80's called
Calling All Girls.
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